June 23rd, 2010
09:26 AM ET

On the Radar: McChrystal, Gulf oil disaster, van der Sloot

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McChrystal and Obama - A Pentagon source tells CNN that President Obama has asked for a list of possible replacements for Gen. Stanley McChrystal. The president and the general will meet today to discuss the brouhaha triggered by a magazine profile of McChrystal.  In it, he and his staff appear to disparage senior administration officials.

McChrystal is unlikely to survive the fallout from remarks he made about colleagues in a Rolling Stone magazine profile to be published Friday, a Pentagon source who has ongoing contacts with the general told CNN earlier. He likely will resign Wednesday, the source said. McChrystal's fate is expected to hinge on a meeting scheduled Wednesday with the Obama, who was "angry" after reading the general's remarks, according to White House spokesman Robert Gibbs. Our columnists take a look, and give dueling viewpoints, on what Obama should do: keep him or fire him.

Gulf oil disaster - Embattled oil giant BP tapped its managing director Wednesday to lead a new and permanent Gulf of Mexico oil disaster organization. Bob Dudley was appointed president and chief executive officer of BP's Gulf Coast Restoration Organization, BP said in a statement. Dudley said the new organization was designed to enable BP to push more of the company's resources toward the overall recovery effort and to make sure the claims process is transferred smoothly to Kenneth Feinberg, the independent director of BP's $20 billion compensation fund.

Florida Gulf Coast counties say they're frustrated beyond belief, after putting in elaborate, exhaustive plans to stop the oil, only to find that BP's check isn't even in the mail.

Additionally, debate is continuing to swirl around a moratorium on deepwater drilling. A federal judge in New Orleans issued an injunction on the six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling, imposed by President  Obama after the Gulf spill. The White House said Tuesday it would appeal the ban. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a statement that he would issue a new moratorium quickly.

Joran van der Sloot - A judge is expected to decide Wednesday on the legality of Joran van der Sloot's incarceration, his lawyer said. If the ruling is unfavorable to the murder suspect, attorney Maximo Altez said he is prepared to appeal to the highest court. Peruvian authorities have charged van der Sloot with murder in the death of 21-year-old Stephany Flores. He also is the lead suspect in the 2005 disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba.

soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Karl

    I think that Joran van der Sloot should be released to the general population. He is a known killer and shouldn't be subject to special treatment. He has caused pain to two families and should be punished for his crimes. He has already confessed to killing Stephany Flores and his statement shouldn't be recanted. Also the Peruvian authorities shouldn't release him to his Aruba because justice probably won't be served. The Arubian authrities failed to uphold the law in the past dealing with Joran van der Sloot. I don't think their authorities have the experience to handle such a high profile case like this and should allow the Peruvians to continue to take the lead on this new case.

    June 23, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. charlie morse

    Knowing that Rolling Stone magazine is influencing our civilian oversight in Afghanastan is somewhat more comforting than having Doonesberry taking all the credit for white house policy!

    June 23, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. anverali valli

    Let vd sloot rot in prison.The mother may join him, if she wishes

    June 23, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Fatima

    Man this man is amazing!What Could the tea party ispsobly have to say? .oh oh NO MORE SPENDING! but this is not senseless. Gotta spend money to make money.

    April 22, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |