June 22nd, 2010
04:41 PM ET

Gen. Stanley McChrystal: Latest developments

Here are the latest developments involving Gen. Stanley McChrystal, America's top commander in Afghanistan. He and his staff made comments in a Rolling Stone article that appear to mock top civilian officials, including Vice President Joe Biden. The story, which is to appear in Friday's edition, was written by Michael Hastings.

[Updated at 10:11 p.m.] McChrystal likely will resign Wednesday, a Pentagon source with ongoing contacts with the general said.

[Updated at 7:43 p.m.] McChrystal is prepared to resign if the president has lost confidence in him, a national security official told CNN.

[Updated at 6:04 p.m.] McChrystal has "offered to resign," according to a Twitter post from Time magazine's Joe Klein on Tuesday. Earlier, Klein, citing "a very reliable source," told CNN that McChrystal had already submitted his resignation.

The Twitter post from Klein's magazine offered the "clarification" that the general has "'offered to resign' he has NOT submitted his resignation."

[Updated at 5:55 p.m.] President Obama said that McChrystal showed "poor judgment," but he added that he would wait until meeting in person with McChrystal before making a decision on McChrystal's future. Obama is expected to meet with McChrystal on Wednesday.

[Updated at 4:41 p.m.] McChrystal has submitted his resignation, Time magazine's Joe Klein told CNN, citing an unnamed source. CNN is working to confirm Klein's information.

[Updated at 3:50 p.m.] Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-North Dakota, a member of the Senate Democratic leadership, called for McChrystal to step down, telling CNN that the remarks in Rolling Stone were "unbelievably inappropriate and just
can't be allowed to stand."

[Updated at 3:30 p.m.] Gen. Stanley McChrystal and his staff "became aware" that the Rolling Stone story would be controversial before it was published, story author Michael Hastings told CNN Tuesday.

I "got word from (McChrystal's) staff ... that there was some concern" about possible fallout from the story, Hastings said.

Hastings noted that there was "a lot" of material from the interviews with McChrystal that he didn't use in the article.

[Updated at 1:41 p.m.] Waheed Omar, spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai, said U.S. Gen. Stanley McChrystal is the best commander for the war in Afghanistan and hopes Obama does not replace him. Karzai and his team believe McChrystal is a man of strong integrity who has a strong understanding of the Afghan people and their culture, Omar said.

[Updated at 1:25 p.m.] President Barack Obama was "angry" after seeing the upcoming controversial magazine article about Gen. Stanley McChrystal, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday.

"I gave him the article last night," Gibbs said at the daily White House news briefing. "He was angry."

Earlier, Gibbs described the "magnitude and graveness" of mistakes by McChrystal in the article as "profound."

[Updated at 1:10 p.m.] White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday that Gen. Stanley McChrystal will have President Barack Obama's "undivided attention" on Wednesday when the two meet in person.  "The president looks forward to speaking with him tomorrow about what's in the (Rolling Stone) article," Gibbs said.

[Updated at 1:09 p.m.] White House press secretary Robert Gibbs refused Tuesday to say what President Barack Obama's reaction was to the story about Gen. Stanley McChrystal in Rolling Stone.  But he noted that McChrystal had been recalled to Washington in part to explain his actions.

"Suffice it to say, our combatant commander does not usually participate in (Afghanistan war planning) meetings from Washington," Gibbs said.  Obama will speak to McChrystal about his comments.

"We'll have more to say after that meeting," Gibbs said. [Updated at 1:01 p.m.] Senate Armed Services Committee chairman Carl Levin, D-Michigan, said Tuesday that Gen. Stanley McChrystal's remarks will have "a negative effect on policy implementation" in Afghanistan.  Levin said he didn't know if McChrystal would be able to keep his job.

[Updated at 12:12 p.m.] Defense Secretary Robert Gates released the following statement on McChrystal's comments:

"I read with concern the profile piece on Gen. Stanley McChrystal in the upcoming edition of ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine. I believe that Gen. McChrystal made a significant mistake and exercised poor judgment in this case. We are fighting a war against al Qaeda and its extremist allies, who directly threaten the United States, Afghanistan, and our friends and allies around the world. Going forward, we must pursue this mission with a unity of purpose. Our troops and coalition partners are making extraordinary sacrifices on behalf of our security, and our singular focus must be on supporting them and succeeding in Afghanistan without such distractions. Gen. McChrystal has apologized to me and is similarly reaching out to others named in this article to apologize to them as well. I have recalled Gen. McChrystal to Washington to discuss this in person."

Read excerpts from Rolling Stone magazine profile

[Updated at 11:46 a.m.] U.S. Senators John McCain (R-Arizona), Joe Lieberman (I-Connecticut), and Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) issued the following statement regarding General McChrystal's comments in Rolling Stone:

“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.”

[Updated at 10:46 a.m.] Rolling Stone Executive Editor Eric Bates told CNN Tuesday that comments made by Gen. Stanley McChrystal and other top military aides to writer Michael Hastings in Afghanistan were "not off the cuff remarks."

"They gave us a lot of access," Bates said.  "We fact-checked it thoroughly. ... They knew what they were doing when they granted the access and the interview."

Bates said the story shows "a deep division" and "a war within the administration" over strategy in Afghanistan.  It's "hard to see how we can win a war when we're divided ourselves," he said.

[Updated at 10:13 a.m.] Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, weighed in Tuesday on the controversy surrounding Gen. Stanley McChrystal, saying that his "impression is that all of us would be best served by just backing off and staying cool and calm and not sort of succumbing to the normal Washington twitter about this for the next 24 hours."

McChrystal is "a terrific soldier," Kerry said at the start of a committee hearing. But "it will be up to the president of the United States, as commander in chief" to decide how to respond.

"The priorities of (the Afghanistan) mission are best served by letting the president and his commanders make a determination as to how we move forward," Kerry added.

McChrystal, America's top military commander in Afghanistan, has been recalled to Washington amid his controversial remarks about colleagues and civilian authorities in a Rolling Stone magazine article.

[Update 9:05 a.m.] An official at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul said Ambassador Karl Eikenberry and McChrystal "are both fully committed" to President Obama's Afghan strategy and are working together to implement the plan. The official said, "We have seen the article and Gen. McChrystal has already spoken to it."

[Update 8:28 a.m.] A U.S. military official confirms to CNN that Gen. Stanley McChrystal has now spoken to: Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen, U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, Special Representative Richard Holbrooke, National Security Adviser Jim Jones and Vice President Joe Biden.

Remarks about Biden

McChrystal and his staff had imagined ways of dismissing Vice President Joe Biden with a one-liner as they prepared for a questions-and-answer session in Paris, France, in April.

He had grown tired of questions about Biden since earlier dismissing a counterterrorism strategy the vice president had offered.

"Are you asking about Vice President Biden? Biden?" McChrystal says with a laugh. "Who's that?" Hastings writes.

"Biden?" suggests a top adviser. "Did you say, 'Bite Me?' "

Comments about other top officials

The article paints McChrystal as a man who "has managed to piss off almost everyone with a stake" in the Afghan conflict, including U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, Special Representative to Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke and National Security Adviser Jim Jones.

Of Eikenberry, who railed against McChrystal's strategy in Afghanistan in a cable leaked to The New York Times in January, the general said, "Here's one that covers his flank for the history books. Now if we fail, they can say, 'I told you so.' "

McChrystal has a "special skepticism" for Holbrooke, the official in charge of reintegrating Taliban members into Afghan society, Hastings writes.

"At one point on his trip to Paris, McChrystal checks his BlackBerry. 'Oh, not another e-mail from Holbrooke,' he groans. 'I don't even want to open it.' He clicks on the message and reads the salutation out loud, then stuffs the BlackBerry back in his pocket, not bothering to conceal his annoyance."

"'Make sure you don't get any of that on your leg,' an aide jokes, referring to the e-mail."

The fallout

McChrystal extends his "sincerest apology for this profile," saying it was a "mistake reflecting poor judgment and should never have happened."

"I have enormous respect and admiration for President Obama and his national security team, and for the civilian leaders and troops fighting this war and I remain committed to ensuring its successful outcome," he said.

McChrystal said he's "lived by the principles of personal honor and professional integrity" throughout his career and that "what is reflected in this article falls far short of that standard."

McChrystal was recalled to Washington to attend a meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan in person rather than by video conference on Wednesday to explain his remarks to Obama and Pentagon officials, administration officials said.

McChrystal has fired a press aide because of the Rolling Stone article, two defense officials told CNN Tuesday morning.

soundoff (663 Responses)
  1. Terry - Cherry Hill, NJ

    The media who shows very little respect for the President has given leave for many Americans to show disrespect to President Obama. It started during the run up to the election and it now carries over almost two years removed from the election. The right wing media and some on the left have a difficult time accepting the fact that President Obama is the President of the United States and that includes everyone. We need President Obama's calming demeanor to guide us through the difficult times ahead. We need President Obama to evaluate situations and not rush in without well thoughtout decisions. Remember President Bush fired a general who disagreed with him. President Obama should do the same.

    June 22, 2010 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Sofrito

      Don't even bother to try to blame this on the media, halfwit. This is a United States General and his direct boss is Barrack Obama. You do not diss you boss in public, no matter who he is. And you especially do not diss your boss if you're in charge of a military theater and your boss is the president. This "general" showed incredibly poor judgment - retarded even. Why should we trust his secret military decisions, when the ones he makes in public are so terrible. And then to fire his senior adviser was the icing on the cake. That waste of oxygen sits there and trash talks the vice president and his own colleagues and when the sh1t hits the fan, he fires an aide. He should go into politics.

      June 22, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • D

      Kind of like the 8 years before Barry? That media? JOKE! Get a clue

      June 22, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • bward

      I concur with your final comment but find the comparison to the Bush activitiy a little off the mark.
      Let me first explain that I am not, never was, nor never will be a supporter of BWG...biggest mistake we made in a long time....but constantly comparing Obama's administration to Bush's invalidates Obama's strengths. Anything compared to Bush looks like astounding clarity/genius. ...I digress....These senior military leaders should be made to publically submit their resignation,,,and it means taking a gaggle of idiots with them. Granted their war weary, granted they've got more time in boots than many of us have in breath, but it doesn't give them any right to mock the entire system they've fought for.

      June 22, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Grafixer

      Terry, I agree. He is very calm – even when the right screams that he should get all emotional and angry. He is very paced – even when the right thinks he should make snap decisions. He is very educated and careful – and the right sees the severe contrast with the last president. He also has a slew of Republicans that will do anything to keep him from cleaning up the mess they have left behind. After all, if he DOES, it would expose them for what they are. There is an unspoken prejudice here too. When people are so embarrassed by their prejudice, they hit with other things, and at other people. Common hatred has been used throughout history to band people together. And, that hatred is never based on truth. Simply prejudice and hatred. Time for this country to get a grip and live up to what this land was founded on. Fire this bad apple General, and expose every congressman's true intent. That will bring about change.

      June 22, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Willie12345

      The general needs to go, without question. However, the Obama administration needs to do some serious soul searching. The war is a mess. If the local government is corrupt and the culture is fundamentally corrupt ..... any victory will be short lived.

      June 22, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      You've got to be kidding me – the sycophant media so overly hyped Obama from the campaign to today it is laughable. The bottom-line is that the general has provided an accurate, insightful view into the mindset, naivete and generally incompetence of this administration. Technically, he should not be quoted on such things in public – but it does not change the fundamental truth that Obama, Biden and most of his team are incompetent, political hacks. I continue to find it laughable how many people defend Obama as if the ability to turn a few shallow, meaningless phrases makes him a great leader as opposed to GWB. Hate to break it to you, whether you agreed with him or not, GWB was an actual leader. His lack of eloquence hurt his poll numbers but hardly his leadership.

      June 22, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • John C

      Jim- Yeah Bush was a great leader, so was John Gotty and Charles Manson by those standards. The righ tcontinues to complain in the abstract about "incomeptance" and "Leadership" because these abstracts are difficult to disprove. The thinkg you guys do not do is actually list facts. Just because you heard someone on talk radio tell you the President is incompitant does not make it a fact, even if you repeat it every chance you get. The president is doing a great job, especially given the mess the Republicans made of everything, and teh people see it. Keep up your nonsense hate speech, you are helping fix the problem by driving people away from the right in droves. You huys are only lieing to yourselves, everyone else can see right through it.

      June 22, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Active Enlisted

      If you read the article, you'll see that most the comments are 'from a source close to..' or 'from an advisor' or things along that nature. What things would your 'Boss' find out about if a reporter hung out in one your bull sessions with 'trusted coworkers'? The comments are what we as people do all the time, we just don't usually have outsiders around to run and tell the media. The so called advisors should have let the General speak for himself, instead of making it seem as though he were speaking through them. As a member of the military, I know I can't do an interview for anything as simple as 'whats your favorite color' without informing the Public Relations office that a media outlet is interested in interviewing me. So rules were broken and maybe some feelings. Should he be fired? What's the worse thing you ever said about your boss or co-workers, what if it got back to them? Should you be fired. We talk a lil' ish to let of steam behind closed doors, careful who you let behind those doors with you.

      June 22, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • wisepers

      General McChrystal clearly crossed the line. As good a soldier as he may be, the military can not and should not tolerate this kind of subordination. His apology does not cut it. He must be let go or this will establish a dangerous precedent in the military.

      June 22, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • wade

      he had every right to say what he did and if there not man enough to take it they need to find anouther job

      June 22, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Warren S.

      The military is not like the real world. There is NO right to free speech and General McCrystal knows it. If there were, everyone would be questioning their superior anytime they felt like it. General McCrystal should be relieved of his command or, at the very least, lose a star. It sounds as though he may be wanting to retire.

      June 22, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • mb

      rolling stone is right wing media? are you serious?

      June 22, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Macleod2012

      it's the same thing Bush got.....it is the equal but opposite reaction

      June 22, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      Are you kidding me? The media that has shown disrespect to President Obama?? Surely you've been living in a cave since the media, for the most part, has fallen all over itself to show nothing but worship, adulation and positive bias to Obama since he appeared on the horizon. This has to be the silliest blog post I've read all day.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • William

      1.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kardiac

      @wade...he is a General. He does not have any right to foster insubordination against the CiC. At least not in the civilian run Army that protects this nation.

      June 22, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Noreen - Spring, Texas

      Are you insane. Calming demeanor. The man is an idiot

      June 22, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gene

      We need to nominate Gen McChrystal as an independent for Pres.....He says what many are thinking. Bravo!

      June 22, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      This military advisor that makes fun of Biden should be explaining that Biden actually had a plan to separate Iraq into three states that was better than anything they actually did. Biden saw that Iraq would have conflict between ethnic groups and provided a three state solution. Not only would it have worked in months not years we would have an Iran that would be no threat to the region. Now we have idiots that liked kissing Bush backside so much they have been unable to work out an exit strategy or a long term peace solution. Maybe getting rid of the Bush group think entirely would be the best way to solve our strategy problems.

      June 22, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      "We need President Obama to evaluate situations and not rush in without well thoughtout decisions"

      You mean like the healthcare plan??? That was rushed to the top and no one really understands it completely. What about the mortgage bailout that was put out and now over a 1/3 of those people are in default yet again because the same people that bought something they couldn't afford took "free" money from the government thinking that this administration was here to "change" their lives. The inherent problem in Washington is that the leaders will do and say anything to get elected and they prey on those who are too lazy to take the time to really understand the issues. This goes for both parties and it's ruining this country. Obama is no better or worse than Bush (went to war with Iraq without solid proof), Clinton (policy built the foundation for the mortgage crisis), Bush Sr. (another war happy trigger man), Regan (personal favorite but he had his faults), etc... He's just another face and charming personality that has fooled a lot of Americans into thinking he can bring change in a short amount of time. Nothing in this country will change until we have a major gov't and party overhaul. Our citizens can't agree on what color the sky is much less who should be leading. There is a middle ground somewhere and without an overhaul of the structure, we will continue to see polar opposite administrations cancelling the other out term after term. As for the media, consider them public enemy number # as they are only concerned with ratings, $, and which candidate gives them the most airtime. Handpicked stories and editing that influences peoples thoughts are worse now more than ever. I just hope we wise up sometime in the near future before the economy and the faith in what this country stands for collapses.

      June 22, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • joel

      Obama doesn't deserve respect. He hasn't earned it. Quite the contrary. Everything Obama stands for reeks of incompetence and arrogance. How can the President of the United States refuse to enforce federal laws — border security being the most obvious. Obama will be a one term president, and his legacy will be a constant reminder of what happens when a president is elected into the highest position in the country based on his rhetoric and race rather than his proven leadership ability.

      June 22, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • rrock

      McCrystal's flaw is his truthfulness.

      June 22, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      @Dave, so you think that dividing Iraq into 3 states would solve the issues there??? They don't even know if they can trust their own neighbors. Curious as to how a state border would solve an issue when your neighbor is the one planting IED's and laying down sniper fire.... Also, what is to keep the states from fighting? Even the US has had a civil war. It wouldn't take much for the lines to be drawn and for more fighting to break out. I'm curious about this plan from Mr. Biden. Please do elaborate.

      June 22, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leslie

      Your comment is very well taken and beautifully written. Thank you!

      June 22, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • seabeach

      This makes me so sad. I pray for President Obama , our people fighting these wars ,and America.

      June 22, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • mark b

      Terry you are so correct! This military leader is a loose cannon. Some Republicans just can not except the fact that President Obama won. Thank the good Lord we have a man with a calm demeanor and not the other choice.

      June 22, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • ShirleyinRoseville

      Hear! Hear! Well said.

      June 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jackie

      I agree with Terry from N.J. Being an ex-member of the military, as a military member, you have a duty to respect the President (your commander-in-chief ) and his administration regardless of your opinion. If you can't do that, then you need to remove yourself from the military sector or be removed. Plain and simple!!!

      June 22, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      So liberals are now calling for Obama to be more like Bush? wow. Obviously there is a growing rift between and incompetent President with no military expierence and The Soldiers on the Ground that actually know whats going on and needs to be done. Impeachment!

      June 22, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      @Thomas, the three state solutions would have worked in Iraq. We can’t unscrew the pooch now though. We will have an unstable Iraq with infighting until the inevitable civil war when US troops leave. Shia do not like Sunni and Kurds are isolated and not dedicated to Iraq in its current form. Iran has a 40% Kurdish population that would have wanted to join a Kurd state. None of this will happen until after the next war in Iraq.

      June 22, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Walt

      When you don't deliver on the Promise. When you purposely dupe the peasants. You eventually get exposed.

      June 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • tom

      When Obama can show true leadership, then he will be worthy of reespect.

      June 22, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • RockerChick

      Excuse me??? You forget...the media & many Americans showed no respect for President Bush either. But I guess that was OK? God forbid anyone criticize our almighty savior Obama...right? Not saying what the general was right by any means, nor am I defending it. But I just get a little sick of the hypocrisy.

      June 22, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim Norman

      This is not about respect of the President or an Army general. It is about respect for the trrops on the ground in Afghanistan. Does this controversy shorten the conflict or lengthen the conflict because we give hope and confidence to the enemy? Every remark made and every decision made should reflect the respect for the troops in harms way. It is hard for me to believe that a strong general would put his/her troops at risk like this or that a strong President would make this about him/her. What happened here endangers our troops and we need to keep our eye on that ball!

      June 22, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Senior Chief (U.S. Navy Retired)

      As a retired Senior Chief of the U.S. Navy, we in the military take an oath of office to support and defend our nation and the Commander in Chief regardless of what we think or approve of on any mission. I was so thankful that I had retired before George Jr took over this nation and got us into these wars to begin with. We in the military, and especially someone of the Generals position have NO BUSINESS speaking out in such matters. Point blank it is counter productive to good order and discipline. He should be court martialed and stripped of a star or two. His actions and comments are unacceptable and in violation of the Uniformed Code of Military Justice which we in the service are bound to. There were many Commanding Officer's in my 24 yr career that I thought should never be in command of anything based on the pink cloud that they wanted to paint so their own superiors "would think" they were super stars, even at the expense of their own men & women to which they commanded and the safety of all concerned because of the deteriorating condition of ships. But as a senior enlisted I could NOT cause hate and discontent within the ranks which would have been extremely detrimental to the whole command. I swore to support the UCMJ and the chain of command no matter what. I retired in 1999 and have been very concerned about the quality of the leadership in all the services based on things of the what the general did and the aforementioned. God help us all!!! To begin with, we shouldn't even be there – our cross hairs should of never left Bin laden. Don't blame the current Commander in Chief, President Obama – blame Bush, Cheney and the good ole boys chasing the dollar! One Man ~ One Opinion here. A retired serviceman at that who supports the President in what he's trying to accomplish and undo that which didn't happen on his watch.

      June 22, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roger Heisen

      McChystal is right by telling the monkey that they are monkey.
      If he is the best general in the post they will have to handle the derogatory comments.
      Since they are cowards and do not want to change the horse in the middle of the
      race they will keep the man in position

      June 22, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kathy

      Yep, Bush was an idiot. Now that that's out of the way, it turns my stomach to think that someone like Obama has the right to fire someone like McChrystal. Yep, the General was out of line but I don't think Obama deserves to even be in the same room with him, let alone be his superior.

      June 22, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Walrus

      You are all off on tangents. His remarks are a sufficient excuse to remove him. But, really, he should go because his stategy is not succeeding. He is not, even, making progress. I for one, was not looking forward to the lame excuses he would be giving in July, 2011. And, the fact that Karzai supports him amplifies the fact.

      June 22, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • DB

      I completely believe this guy needs to be let go. Some one in that high of a position should know better than to openly disrespect the Commander in Chief regardless of political affiliation.How does the saying go? When someone shows you how they really are...... believe them.

      June 22, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • D Kiser

      Your not well informed on your presidential firing of generals.
      McChrystal works 18 hour days and sleep son a cot. How would you feel if you ran the largest division of a major corporation..a new CEO takes over and does not bother to learn anything about you at all before meting you for the first time. WHo was disrespectful here?

      June 22, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • abbydelabbey

      I agree with your comments.

      June 22, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • afp

      Agreed – 100%. Not only was it insubordination and a lack of respect for the chain of command, but also disrespect to foreign diplomats (French). And let's not forget his staff – particularly the top advisor who made the 'Biden' remark. As ranking officer in Afghanistan, his troops look to him; and one who does not respect the chain of command cannot lead successfully.

      But, I have a feeling that President Obama will not relieve him of duty... but will reign in the leash a bit. If the General does resign – a star or two should be taken off the shoulder prior to leaving for retirement. As for his so-called top advisor with the 'Biden' remark – a less than honorable discharge. This is very serious stuff!

      June 22, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay Dub

      McChrystal knows his superiors are a bunch of idiots. Heck, everyone does. Besides the fools that bury their heads in the sand (liberals). Health care bill taking care of anyone? When the S**t hits the ceiling over in Afghanistan the general in charge will get the blame. He already said what needed to be done. Not this pansy drone junk that Biden suggested. Obama wont listen to a damn thing he has suggested, and when he DID pretend to listen the efforts were 10% of what was needed. McChrystal is making sure that the blame is duly placed where it belongs. ON THE ADMINISTRATION! Better to go out as a hero than live as a loser.

      June 22, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oliver M. (ret)

      I am a retired service member and today is the first day that I have ever questioned rather or not my service to this great country may have been in vane. I can only pray that the orders I carried out were for the advancement of humanity and not for the advancement of Gen. Stanley McChrystal's personal agenda. Shame on you Gen McChrystal for your blatant disregard for leadership. For the good of our country and for the honor of all service men and women who faithfully uphold there obligation and commitment to country to stand in the face of adversity and deliver to the best of their ability, please stand down. It is time for you to retire and spare the citizens of this great country any further embarrassment.

      June 22, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe USAF 25.5 years

      A court martial is the best and most effective method to maintain appropriate good order, discipline and moral. A firing is a loophole that leaves the President looking extremely weak and fosters serious disservice to all military personnel regardless of their personal or professional opinions. Obama must function from a position of strength or prepare for a huge onslaught of similar insubordination.

      June 22, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denice

      Terry I have no idea what news channels you watch but on all the major networks, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, & MSNBC Obama can do no wrong. Each of these channels touts him as an infallible savior. It is a shame that General McChrystal, who valiantly and honorably defended the self-righteous self-centered people of this country, was relieved of duty. General McChrystal put his life on the line so people such as you have the freedom to say anything they choose without fear of retaliation. It is a downright disgrace that General McChrystal who has been in the line of fire to protect freedom of speech loses his job because he chooses to voice his disenchantment with Obama. It is shameful and unjustifiable. How would you like it if you disagreed with your boss and he relieved you of duty? It is the same thing except in this case it was against the one who cannot be spoken negatively of without being labeled a conspirator or a racist. America has for the past year been and for the next 3 years will be a place, where hypocrisy runs rampant.

      June 23, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • SFC Rutledge: Retired SOCOM

      Nobody knows what was behind all of this. It's about time the republican's recognize what a mess george bush left Obama in. The General finally had enough. I would have said the same thing and let the chips fall. Politicians have lost the last 3 war's. Let the soldier's fight the war and keep the camera and news group stay out of WAR. I've found myself flustrated by the press. Don't forget the Surprize the Navy Seals had when the swam upon the beach in Grenada Camera's on the beach..The General is better off!!!!

      August 13, 2010 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. ThomasQuinn

    Time to strip this guy of a couple of stars, at the least. If a junior officer made similar remarks about his or her superiors, I guarantee they wouldn't get off that lightly. There is no other term for this behaviour than "unprofessional", except perhaps "insubordinate".

    June 22, 2010 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Noble9

      I think the term is "unbecoming"...of an officer.

      June 22, 2010 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
    • wwwgator

      "There is no other term for this behaviour than "unprofessional", except perhaps "insubordinate"."...are we talking about the General or the idiots he reports to????

      June 22, 2010 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Active Enlisted

      The bulk of the comments were from junior officers! Read the Rolling Stone article before you post. Most aides and adivsors are junior officers, sometimes senior enlisted.

      June 22, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • arliss

      He violated the Military Code, a Court Marshall offense.

      June 22, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mandy

      The general is a hero, Obama is a stereotype, and living up more and more to it each day.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • rick

      this guys a legend in his own mind( @mitch) one thing to be insubordinate to a civilian,but not prez,that a given but too criticize a usmc general jim jones, jim jones need to stomp a mudhole in his azz and walk it dry

      June 22, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nyna

      To Active Enlisted:

      Thank you for taking the time to TRY to get people to actually read the article before commenting.

      It is a shame that media can't use some common sense in reporting. I'm not talking censorship...I mean not make mountains out of molehills and report (or headline) in such a way that people misinterpret. I love that you pointed out that most of us would not expect to be fired over comments we make about our boss. Wonder what that reporter has had to say about his editor?

      But most of all thank you for your serivce.

      June 22, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Active Officer

      @Active Enlisted. General McChrystal is a 4 Star General.. His aide is a Lieutenant Colonel, not a junior officer. His advisors are one and two star generals, colonels and lieutenant colonels, not junior officers. The kind of comments made in this article are not acceptable by any officer when working with the press, regardless of whose administration, dem or rep, is in power. What military men and women talk about amongst themselves is fine, but you simply do not have those discussions in the public sector with the press. That crosses the line to insubordination and all of these officers that participated in this story know that. Rumor is Gen. McChrystal has submitted his resignation. That would be because regardless of whether he personnally made these comments, or his staff did, he is ultimately responsible and he knows it. Now the real question is will the President will accept it. Given the gravity of the comments, I don't think he has much choice.

      June 22, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Walt

      I say give him a medal for courage and honesty. A lot more will come out of this.

      June 22, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dr. Hanus

      Has Obama ran a war? NO.
      Has McCrystal? Yes.
      Is this the first time a president has been criticised? NO.
      Does Obama need to get a thicker skin? Hell yes.

      June 22, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Active Enlisted, et. al: Four star Generals don't have "junior officers" advising them. Their aides and advisors are very senior military personnel (Colonels, Lt. Colonels, etc, and probably some Sergeants Major) who all have years of military experience, and know full well that "contemptuous words" against the President, Vice President, Secretary of Defense, Secretary of the Services, and others, are courts martial offenses. Don't believe it? Look it up in the Manual for Courts Martial....Article 88>

      June 22, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. alumette

    Very interesting.

    June 22, 2010 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  4. spike in conshohocken pa

    Putting aside the conduct and management of the war, the general crossed a line a military person shouldn't cross: you don't publicly badmouth and ridicule your superiors in your chain of command. The general needs to fade away... fast.

    June 22, 2010 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert Austin

      Imagine the general's response if someone in his chain of command had ridiculed him. Maybe the generals lack of success in Afghanistan is clouding his judgement.

      June 22, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Leslie

      President Obama is such an intellect that the people who are critisizing him just don't have a clue! I am so proud of his conduct that it really doesn't matter what these narrow-minded people have to say!

      June 22, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bob

    Aside from being a violation of Article 88 and probably Article 133 of the UCMJ, officers in the military "serve at the pleasure of the President". Even Generals. Becoming "unpleasurable" isn't conducive to a healthy career in the military... My wager is he will be retired shortly.

    June 22, 2010 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • jennaH

      Obama has enjoyed too many pleasures at the expense of the Americans.

      June 22, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jim

    I support the general......he's right.....yes....he probably shouldn't have said it if he wants to keep his job...but he is right....Obama is going to read him the riot act ..... but soon the american people will speak and Obama will be out of a job!

    June 22, 2010 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • theTRUTH.com

      you act as if George Bush didn't screw up EVERYTHING! President Obama is cleaning up HIS mess!

      June 22, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Sue

      At the soonest, Jim, that will be in January 2013 (or November 2012, if you are confused). Keep your plastic panties on until then.

      June 22, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Cha

      Why is it that anyone against the current administration must be a racisit? Please explain this? I don't get it at all. They aren't commenting on his race. they are commenting on his ability to do the job. Race is not part of the discussion, nor should it be.

      Please people, learn to agree to disagree. Just because someone doesn't like your opinion, doesn't mean they hate you or are completely against you. That some times is the case, but it still doesn't mean its about race.

      June 22, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert Austin

      Jim you live in a world of fantasy.

      June 22, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert Austin

      Cha why can't racist just come out of the closet and admit it rather than whining about being exposed as a racist.

      June 22, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Soldier38

      He's right about what?...get a clue

      June 22, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • arliss

      "but soon the american people will speak and Obama will be out of a job!"

      Are you really that big of a moron?

      June 22, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • G.I.Jack

      I agree with Cha. It seems like every time someone disagree's with President Obama, people accuse them of being racist. I'd like to make clear that, believe it or not, people can disagree with someone because of their policies and ideologies, not because of the color of their skin. On most issues, I would consider myself to be a conservative, so when I don't agree with the president, it's because I have a different outlook on things, and it doesn't matter whether the current president is black, white, or purple.

      As for this, others who have posted here are correct. Those of us in the military do not have all the rights that we are sworn to protect. While civilians have the right to criticize the government, we do not, at least not publicly. While I hope that McChrystal isn't fired for this incident, I know that he most likely will be as an example. While it's a shame, he should have known better. It's taught at basic training that public criticism by a service member of the president is legally considered insubordination. While I agree with the concept of a previous comment, and I don't believe he would have recieved so much flak from the media had these comments been made about members of the Bush Administration, the comments should not have been made period, regardless of his opinion of the president.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • AGuest9

      So... Who do see that's fitting to replace Obama? Sarah Palin? Joe Libermann? John McCain? Ron Paul? GOD HELP US!!!

      June 22, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dibby

      It is very disconcerting the number of simpletons that think that not blindly supporting the new messiah Obama means they are automatically a racist. Get a collective clue, people.

      June 22, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adrian

      "The American people will speak?" If I'm not mistaking President Obama won the presidency by one of the largest margins in U.S. history and I'm certain those votes were casted by the American people. Secondly, I know this sounds crazy, but Obama is only doing what he promised in the campaign. He made no secret of his desires to reform health care (as every president has tried to do for the last 30 years, including beloved republican president Regan) and at least he has a plan for Afghanistan and at least keeping up the search for WMD's in Iraq that Bush & Cheney sold to the American people on(btw, we still have not found a single WMD to date). How can somone argue that Obama was only elected bc of his race? Are you serious? I guess that makes sense, because everyone knows that minorities have had every advantage throughout American history. Native Americans were "given" their own land, Slaves were paid and treated with the upmost respect and dignity. The fact that you even bring up race only shows your own racial views. The truth is, it wouldn't matter what President Obama did, he could find the cure for cancer and there are people that stil aren't going to like him. When you run out a substance, you have to take low road and start calling him every name in the book and hope that something sticks. During the election, he was a "elitist", I can't imagine why we would want an educated individual as President. Today...he's a socialist, a marxist, etc, when will it ever stop?

      June 22, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      President Obama has not shown leadership qualities that warrant respect of the american people, and we are very open in our criticism. Why not the military as well? I served in the military and I know the rules of conduct regarding the President as Commander in Chief. However, things in this world and this country are very different than when the UCMJ was originated. He personally is an example of this change.
      I strongly feel that Obama has not shown he has earned the respect a president normally has, and though he may think so, he cannot successfully command it.

      June 22, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. RespectOthersAlways

    Gen. McCrystal should step down! Mockery is the worst from of criticism! It is the ultimate embodiment of disrespect for the humanity and dignity of others. If McCrystal can organize such a mocking chracterization of Vice President Joe Biden, we can only imagine other silly and disrespectful things this "leader of men and women" has encouraged. McCrystal lowers the standards way below what is acceptable. Honor demands resignation or firing!

    June 22, 2010 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Leslie

      Respect is what these Egotist lack, along with Bigots and so called Christians! Hypocrites!!

      June 22, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bob

    Or worse, he'll be the only three star admin clerk... awkward...

    June 22, 2010 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Smith

      If Patton was given a "time out" for slapping a couple of p*ssies under his command in a war that was supported by the American people, don't you think McChrystal ought to have some "paid administrative leave" for flagrantly disrespecting those under whom he serves? If President Obama doesn't do something, there will be no discipline anywhere in the military. McChrystal wouldn't put up with his underlings talking about him the way he did the administration.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lucky

    When you tell a General to jump, his answer should be "How High Sir", they are not supposed to have any original ideas!

    June 22, 2010 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Let him speak

      First of all, only people that have actually served time in the military are qualified to talk about how those who serve are supposed to act or speak.

      Secondly, what is the General actually quoted as saying? He is simply giving his professional observations of the President. Anything that would be considered demeaning or insulting is a quote from and aide or "some one close." And as far as what he said about the Vice President, who cares? Joe Biden is not the Commander in Chief. He has no military rank. His only military purpose is to take the reigns if the President dies, so there is no insubordination.

      The only thing General McChrystal did wrong was to allow the, people of Rolling Stone to be so close for so long. The media has too much access to the military as it is. He should have know that reporters tagging along with him for that long would eventually lead to trouble.

      June 22, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Let him speak

      And to you specifically Lucky...

      You really don't think that the man in charge of the entire military campaign in Afganistan should be allowed to have any origional ideas? You are retarded. Next time have your origiona ideas rattle around a couple of times before you waste everyone else's time with them.

      June 22, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Calimo

      Well, we do live in a corporate dictatorship now. This would be an expected reaction.

      And notice how the only reason that this "issue" is so hot is because CNN reported it as if it were the new Tiger Woods scandal.

      How dare you question the administrations motives. We shall over react since we have nothing to hide.

      June 22, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leslie

      Let him Speak- You are WRONG, ALL AMERICANS HAVE A SAY IN THIS COUNTRY! For some reason you seem to think we (Non-military) don't have any KNOWLEDGE and CLOSE experiences regarding the WAR. Some of us have done a lot of research as well. We are ALL invested in this world together! If you invested personal time in any war, I commend you and thank you, but don't tell me I don't have a say in it.

      June 22, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Al_in_ATX

    No matter what anyone thinks of the President's policies, the role of the military is to carry out that policy. My father served 20+ years; my father-in-law served 35+ years. They may have shared their opinions in private, but in uniform, you just carry out the orders and shut up. The military is not a democracy...This guy did a MacArthur – tried to show up the administration. His aides obviously did not look out for him.

    June 22, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      Excellent analogy. I'm surprised to see such an educated statement here! 🙂 As a non-sequitar, though I strongly agree with McChrystal's opinions about his job, unfortunately he can't go making those type of statements. Now that he's a flag officer, politics plays heavily in his job, and he's no politician. He'll pay dearly for his interview, but I'll still admire and support him.

      June 22, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Bosston Bob

      During the Civil War Gen George McClellan, commanding the Army of the Potomac, believed it was up to him to "save the country." He badmouthed Lincoln, and even ran against him in 1864 for the Presidency. "Little Mac" was typical of the breed, too many Generals think they are God. They certainly often excercise too much power over the lives of others. In 50 years nobody will remember McCrystal- especially the way he is directing an oncoming tactical nightmare for the US.

      June 22, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Calimo

      This is ridiculous..

      Words cannot describe how this makes me feel. I commend this General's actions and how he's kept an open mind..

      We need more people like him in the military. Out there for the common good, not for the Corporatist Governments motives..

      Chances are, CNN will censor my comment because they are a Leftist extremist network after all. Working hand in hand with the Obama administration, calling in Barbra the pentagon correspondent whenever brains need to be washed.

      To imply that this General does not have his first amendment right is something all right..

      June 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. AgreeswithMcChrystal

    to Big Papa, Prepare !!!!! I agree with Jim. I don't think McChrystal should apologize. People are getting really fed up with the annointed one. HE should be the one to quitely disappear!

    June 22, 2010 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • xpsiter

      It's rabid-dog replies like this that makes a disagreement/discussion a circle-jerk... No one but repubs have ever referred to our commander-in-chief as an "anointed one". That's just retarded, really.

      June 22, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Willie12345

      Yes people are tired of this government and Obama, but the general needs to be fired. The war will not be won as it is being fought right now. We're fighting over what? A trash bin. We will never win the hearts and minds of these people. It would take hundreds of years. There is just too much corruption there. If the place needs to be conquered to protect the US, then we need to conquer it with the vigor. (Think, WW II). If we can't conquer it, then we need to do something else. What we're doing now isn't working.

      June 22, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • SOS

      No Matter what you say .. agree or disagree with POTUS .. He is and will be the POTUS till anyone else gets elected so stop screwing your own President and show some respect to the Post. Dont like him vote him out.. where were you hiding in Pig Manure for 8 yrs when repubs went ahead with Plans of war and divisiveness?

      June 22, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Regardless of your feelings towards General McChrystal or your feelings towards the current President. The military reports to a civilian authority. Regardless of your feelings towards past administrations. The military reports to the civilian authority. General McChrystal crossed the line and his feelings, right or wrong, should have been voiced behind closed doors. The only time an officer should speak candidly in public, is when under oath during Congressional Testimony.

      June 22, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Calimo

      Mhm. His feelings should be voiced behind closed doors where no one can hear them, right?

      We must keep this superficial politically correct environment and act like there are no problems at all within our government?

      Americans are waking up as these blatant attempts to quiet us down become more and more apparent.

      June 22, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Edward Brennan

    While a mistake by Mc Chrystal, and I assume he was told most discussions would be "off the record" it shows the administration and it's leaders as unprepared incompetents that they are. The President never ran a merry go round much less a country of 300 + million with numerous problems. The General has Obama's/ Bieden's numbers and it dosen't look good. Liberals will say OMG how insubordinate of the General, I say yet another example of the lack of leadership and experiance in the White House. Back to Harvard for an MBA Mr. Obama, this is no community organizing task!

    June 22, 2010 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Al_in_ATX

      It seems the convenient reason de jour is "I made a mistake". We hear it all the time by public figures. Do you REALLY think talking to a magazine reporter is gonna be "off the record"? Incompetent or not, doesn't this general share his thoughts, concerns, etc. during their daily briefings? if you are the guy directing this traffic as a General, aren't you gonna speak up? If not, you are in the way!

      June 22, 2010 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Louis

      How has run a country of 300-million before they became President? No one. Whether or not a general agrees with the President, it sends the wrong message to the military to disrepsect your superior. The military is based on an tried and true history of following the chain of command. Imagine his direct reports in the war theatre disrepecting their commanders. Every President has some general that do not agree with them; it is a fact of life. The military is not McDonalds or Foot Locker.

      June 22, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  13. TCG

    Please remember that McChrystal is also the jerk responsible for trying to cover up Pat Tillman's death in Afghanistan. and he has the temerity to talk about someone else trying to "cover their flank?" Hypocrite and a liar.

    June 22, 2010 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • cjr

      thank you! I'm glad someone remembers!!

      June 22, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • wimsy

      But on the bright side, think of the positive impact this will have on Rolling Stone circulation!

      June 22, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Worker

    We all need to be more useful idiots.

    June 22, 2010 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  15. trish

    The general should not have said what he did, they can't do anything about one thinking something but he is RIGHT. You cannot have a bunch of elected officials who have never been on the friont line, yet alone held a rifle or served in the Army, Marines or anything else, telling the top brass what to do. I don't think it would hurt if Obama, Biden et al went to Afganistan and worked on the front line as soliders, maybe they would be better politicans. The English, Russians and others have tried to help Afganistan and nothing has worked. You can't make a silk stocking out of a sows ear.

    June 22, 2010 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      The last president to have active duty military experience was George Bush Senior. The last one before him was Jimmy Carter. Were they our greatest presidents? Ronald Reagan dodged WWII fighting by making PR films, Bill Clinton went to England to avoid the draft and George Bush Junior just played in airplanes to get girls, then had his daddy pull strings so he could avoid fighting. Some of our vice presidents were even worse (Cheney for example, who said he had more important things to do than serve his country in Vietnam). Obama is young enough not to have had to face a draft, so he didn't have to make some of those choices. We might be better off if more of our presidents and other elected officials had spent some time on active duty, but since we don't have such a requirement and since most of our presidents don't have that experience, the military just has to accept that the national leadership doesn't come into office really understanding what they go through. And, uniformed officers, especially those in command, and particularly those at flag rank, need to set the example for proper disciplined conduct.

      June 22, 2010 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • xpsiter

      Trish, I guess you would have preferred McCain/McSame instead....the one who crashed planes at taxpayers' expense, without remorse, and left his sickly wife (abandonment of a commitment) for a "trophy" (NOT) wife.

      Plus, this is how it is and has been for a very long time. The President calls the shots, but surrounded by advisers. Many people never had a problem with it until Pres. Obama took office.

      June 22, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
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