June 23rd, 2010
03:30 PM ET

Security Brief: What happened at McChrystal, Obama meeting

A source close to Gen. Stanley McChrystal provided the first account of what happened in Wednesday's White House meeting between the general and President Barack Obama.

According to the source, McChrystal briefly explained the magazine article at the center of the controversy and took responsibility, then offered his resignation. Obama accepted the resignation, the source said.

The president "had no intention of keeping him," according to the source.

In addition, the source said McChrystal will not return to Afghanistan. His team will go back to pack up on his behalf.

soundoff (703 Responses)
  1. JamesW

    This is a sad day in America. A highly decorated soldier loses the confidence of the Commander in Chief. Anyone who has served knows the damage that has occurred. It is truly a shame when our political discourse has seeped so deepely into our military where it has become incapable of accomplishing its mission. The General "DID NOT" get what he truly deserved for his actions. He violated a strict codes of conduct and he knows it. Disrespecting his superiors

    1. made it impossible for the leadership to continue to work together. Can you imagine James Jones (former Commandant of the USMC) sitting across the desk from General McChrystal knowing he thinks he is a clown. What would your boss do to you if he read in the local paper you said he was a clown.

    2. many of these comments were voiced by the Generals staff, which means he either supports their beliefs or has lost control over his staff and that this is a problem which festers through out the command. These soldiers and Marines are fighting a war that requires 100% dedication and focus at all times. If the General and his staff are not sold on the mission, how can you expect PFC John Doe to be sold on the mission. One of the reasons we have the Code of Conduct is to maintain unit cohesiveness which is essential to success on the battlefield. After this fiasco, there is no way you can get me to believe that our military is focused on winning this war.

    The President did the right thing. Lives are on the line and the spike in casualties over the last few weeks is clear indicator of a leadership and morale problem. General Patreaus is going to have to "CLEAN HOUSE" or there will be alot of widows made before Christmas. UNITED WE STAND..... DIVIDED WE FALL

    June 23, 2010 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ramjet

    Let me first say that i am not a fan of this administration and i hope to see it change in 2012. However, like it or not, President Obama was elected and deserves our respect. The Gen of all people knows what he said is wrong. It is a violation of the UCMJ. He knew he was wrong and that is why he offred his resignation. However, reguardless of what you think about the man he does deserve our respect. He served his country for a majority of his life, and like all of us have done at one time or another, made a stupid mistake. Whether it was intentional, like some on here have said, or not doesnt matter. He knows he wasnt jsut going to get away with it. I am not trying to look at this from a Right side or a Left side, just a common sense side.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Conqui

    Clearly insubordination. One does not make those kinds of comments publicly, even in gest, about the chain of command. One does not make those kinds of statements to persons outside one's own rank, unless to a personal aide and out of the presence of others. Comments like that could be handled with a severe scolding or warning, but this general already had that warning when he spoke about trop builldups and other confidential matters in plans he submitted to Obama but which had not been accepted. His aides leaked stuff to the press, too. Ike relieved Patton of dutries and removed him from command several times in WW2. Truman fired McArthur. Obama fired McChrystal. That's how it works.

    June 24, 2010 at 4:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mark

    haha really? what a stupid response. His actions were appropriate, but busting a distinguished veteran such as General McChrystal down after 30+ years of service over this?

    June 23, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BrianCNN

    Way to go? He didn't do anything.

    Someone on a General's staff makes a mistake. The General fires the person who made the mistake. Then he takes responsibility for the mistakes of his subordinates by voluntarily resigning from his position to protect the Presidency and the country from a scandal.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |

    This is a joke. Does everyone really think a few disparaging words about white house staff....Not the President. Justifies taking a GIANT STEP BACKWARDS in Afghanistan.? Shortsighted pansies. The big picture is the war and not some brief comments regarding staff. You all know you've said at least one thing about one of your co-workers. Now put up or shut up.....resign from YOUR job!!!! Get real america.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mark

    true story thumbs

    June 23, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bob G

    Wasn't it Patton in WWII that slapped a soldier and was relieved for a while. This guy just slapped the American Goverment.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. tall beauty98

    I concurr w/ you. Mark I promise has never served in THE MILITARY. Hey Mark learn the chain of command then come back & then present a valid case. U r DISMISSED!!!!!!!!

    June 23, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Anti-Religious

    I second that... distinguished career or not, he disparaged his own rank. Plus, his own men aren't happy with his leadership. What an idiot. Deserves to lose his rank.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Adrian

    Granny on the Go ....

    Are you serious? Nothing? I don't even have to think back far to come up with something significant .. like the securing of $20 billion to help Americans get their claims faster.

    As the president said, this move was the correct move and the general knew it. He would have done the same had any of his subordinates publicly disrespected the leadership. This is why he had his resignation ready and the meeting was short. Both knew what had to be done.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mainehunter

    Love you Grannie on the go

    June 23, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. S.Williams

    This is nothing short of insubordination. The leader of a military force does NOT speak in this manner of his commander in chief not does he allow his subordinates to do so. Discipline is KEY in the military. And don't forget McChrystal's part in the cover-up of Tillman's death by FRIENDLY FIRE....

    June 23, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. maine liberal

    regardless of how you see this he violated article 88 Uniform Code of Millitary Justice

    Any commissioned officer who uses contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Transportation, or the Governor or legislature of any State, Territory, Commonwealth, or possession in which he is on duty or present shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.

    Lyndsey Graham (x-jag)

    "We have the highest respect for General McChrystal and honor his brave service and sacrifice to our nation. General McChrystal's comments, as reported in Rolling Stone, are inappropriate and inconsistent with the traditional relationship between Commander-in-Chief and the military. The decision concerning General McChrystal's future is a decision to be made by the President of the United States."

    His statements go to the very core of civilian control of the military

    June 23, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Fred

    He may still end up cleaing those toilets. What he did was illegal under the UCMJ, and is a court martial offense.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
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