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. garc

    The White House chose to go with his strategy, not Biden's. The strategy is not working out well. His own troops are not happy. Why exactly is this whiner blaming the White House?

    June 23, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Howard

      @ Gene ... if any soldier is fed up with politics hampering the mission, then that soldier should put in his papers. In the 21st Century, military power is inextricably linked to political goals and political constraints. What we need are senior commanders who understand this (like CJC Admiral Mullins) and teach it to the troops, not hotheads that think war can be waged as if there are no larger concerns than winning on the battlefield. The way we defeat the enemy in battle can easily influence how many additional battles will have to be fought in a whole host of other places around the world. Only an fool will think that what happens in Afghanistan stays in Afghanistan.

      June 23, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amidiots

      @DCnative...the bringing america together part is up to us. no one man can make that happen. so far we have failed miserably, mainly because any success would validate the presidency (God forbid). Defeat the president (and therefore america) at all costs!! lets go!

      June 23, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don P

      Did you ever think that maybe his strategy would work if he was not undermined by US government officials? Just a thought

      June 23, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • ODA155

      @DCNative… Dude, you’re too funny, “…further dividing the nation…” now isn’t that real. It doesn’t matter what decision President Obama would have made you and people who view this man in the same light as you would blast him regardless, so please don’t try to come out here talking about “divisions” created by this President. All of that occurred with the last administration and is carrying over. Bush fired what, 3…4 Generals in charge of the wars “…to free us of the terrorists…”, get real man.

      June 23, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grafixer

      I'm really tired of listening to people's "opinions" that are not based in fact – rather they are simply a means of whining over having lost the election. These people voted, over and over again, for an administration that deregulated the oil industry, deregulated the banks and Wall Street, supported corporations that sent their jobs and their bank accounts overseas, and brought this country to its knees. Their opinions are no longer credible – as they are simply flailing to attack Obama – no matter what he does or does not do. Their purpose is based solely on bolstering their bruised egos. Enough is enough. Like General McChrystal – Be part of the solution – rather than part of the problem – or get out.

      June 23, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grafixer

      You have no idea whose strategy is being used in Afghanistan.. do you? Not really.

      June 23, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      Whiner?? This guy is a decorated war hero. What have you other than complain on the web site?

      June 23, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • speedro

      While I agree with you Jon C, you do yourself no justice in argument by misusing "your" instead of "you're". You simply discredit your entire statement.

      June 23, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • speedro

      DCNative–Several steps backward? From what? What is the final destination that you envision, and what units of measurement are you employing to define it? Think before you type, dude.

      June 23, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • andy

      The General was fired because he was not smart enough for the job. Anyone who is stupid enough to make and/or allow those kinds of remarks in an open meeting needs to find something simple to do – maybe mow a lawn.

      June 23, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • anonymous

      So you speak for the ENTIRE MILITARY? Wow! You must be SO IMPORTANT! How is it you have time to spend on this forum with such a BIG, IMPORTANT JOB to do??

      June 23, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Falcon

      People are so quick to say that the military doesn't like the president. That is simply not true. There all all sorts of opinions, at all levels, and it is a crock to imply that 'the military' thinks with a collective consciousness. I am a veteran, and I would never have spoken poorly of our president when I was active. It's funny, because I always liked the conservative principle of not bad mouthing our 'commander in chief'. It seems that that is only important to republicans, while there is a republican in the white house.

      June 23, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • DCNative

      @Chris

      The "saving" of the jobs is not measurable. What is measurable is the debt that he has burdened our country with health care reform ... and that debt continues to grow, now that it looks as though it will cost more than initially estimated, and those who want to keep their existing policies may be forced to switch. Time will show that it is a poor plan. I agree with you on the auto industry ... it was a necessary bailout, but where are the jobs that he keeps promising (and I'm not talking about the temp Census jobs). The last estimates that I read were that each job created cost the taxpayers 100K+ (and I'm sure the jobs created are not high level executive positions). Cap+Trade/Environment/Immigration? You can't actually call those accomplishments ...

      @ODA

      I wasn't talking about any division in getting rid of McChyrystal. I think it's necessary to get new leadership in these overseas efforts, as the pressure is undoubtedly overwhelming. Did this administration ramming health care down our throats not cause division? Half of the country is still against it ... but let me guess, you will blame Bush for that. Any disagreement with this administration is viewed as being racist against Obama. Why is that? It couldn't be that people just disagree with the current policies? Being called a racist for simply disagreeing with a fundamental political issue certainly doesn't give me a warm and fuzzy feeling that the races in this country are getting along.

      June 23, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • kburgoyne

      All this parroted propaganda about the President being the one that is dividing the country is getting old. The vast majority of the divisive rhetoric originates as persistent propaganda at FoxNews, with the next biggest contributor being Frank Luntz feeding single minded political machines like John Boehner their well researched propaganda points. Since I am very open minded toward hearing other opinions, I check FoxNews on a regular basis to search for potential stories not covered by other news sources. There are a very few. However mostly FoxNews engages in spin and careful filtering of the news. They also engage heavily in a key propaganda tactic – “it’s us versus them, we’re the only ones telling you the truth, stop paying attention to all other information sources”.”

      This President has worked incredibly hard to avoid using divisive language. Unfortunately so far it has proven to no avail. The Republican Party leadership persists in political stonewalling and relying on divisive political rhetoric rather than helping to govern the country. I do not wish to paint ALL Republican representatives with a broad brush. I have observed that some of the rank-and-file Republican representatives actually do attempt to work on the country’s issues, and are becoming increasingly frustrated by the Republican leadership’s constant focus on doing nothing but trying to win political points.

      June 23, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shock and Awwwwww....

      @DC Native
      How can you ram health care down the throats of half the country that wants it? Universal health care work in other countries, its only the wealthy that are against it. And job number ARE measurable. I don't think i've seen a single person on this forum say that any opposition to Obama is based in racism. You're the one who brough that up. Nice tactic.

      June 23, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      But the White House did not accept the General's strategy. If that was the case, 60,000 troops would have been sent as requested rather than 30,000. It is not intellectually honest to say that you have adopted the General's strategy and then only give him half the men he needs to pull it off. Rather, that is intentionally cutting the legs out from under your general so that his strategy fails.

      June 23, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Well Chris is just stupid. The democrats are destroying this country. Grafixer should really check his facts, the bank industry was deregulated in 1999 Bill "What's the meaning of 'is'" Clinton signed the bill. The ecomony well thank Barney Frank, every body should have the amercian dream, regardless if they can afford it. Hell our current idiot gave BP a wavier so they didn't have to follow environmental regulations.

      June 23, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • AZ Senior

      I've lived to see 13 Presidents in the White House. I have no idea what some of these people are thinking but President Obama is a wonderful President, he's smart, strategic, understands that Government is for the people, not for money, he's forceful and as you can see tough when he needs to be. He deserves the respect of everyone in America, and for my money (and I do pay a lot of taxes), I'm very happy to see President Obama around for the next seven years.

      June 23, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just A Mom

      Has anyone read the entire Rolling Stone article? Really, has anyone who has commented here read the article? The article is full of the author's commentary and quotes from the General's aides. I can't tell if the quotes were in context to what? After reading the article, the one thing is clear, we are in deep trouble in Afghanistan. Now the analogies of Vietnam are coming to light. We are putting someone who is not familiar with Afghanistan in charge but he is a good politician/general. What are we trying to achieve over there? What is the mission? I can go and on with similar analogies. Lastly, does anyone know how I can send to the General McChrystal a case of his favorite beer? He deserves at least that for serving our country.

      June 23, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smitty

      @ garyc – Why? Because military COMBAT leaders get frustrated trying to fight a "political" war. General McChrystal requested additional troops for a surge, and then was delayed for months before receiving the answer of less than requested. His strategy was accepted, but not implemented. Doing a job half-a$$ed tends to upset people who are responsible for the lives of those in theatre. Some people would rather that the U.S. either fail or drag out this mess in Afghanistan.

      June 23, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • LoveDemocracy

      The President had the decency to afford this low class red neck McChrystal a face to face opportunity to explain himself. I can only imagine being a subordinate to McChrystal... what a pain it must be...., working for someone that has no sense of boundaries, decor, or the discipline to keep his trap shot.

      June 23, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Russ

      This shows Obama's lack of experience as a leader. Why didn't he pick up the phone and call McChrystal to get his side of the story and then let others handle the firing. Why make this big public deal out of it. Let Patreus fire him. Rahm is calling the shots as it is all about politics and the theatre of it all.

      June 23, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      You think you can read a few articles and come up with the conclusion that this General is a whiner...that's some gaul. This man was given the distinct honor and burden of leading 100,000 soldiers in a warzone. What have you done with your life?

      June 23, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • SailorGirl8

      Dudes,
      Like it or not he is OUR president. If we are to have any influence on the world we need to show him our respect and back him up no matter what. If we trash him how will the rest of the world , the Oil companies, and the terrorists respect him and us?!? The USA needs to start sticking together!!!!

      June 23, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      This General should know better than most that you do not disrespect your commanders, including the commander in chief. Had he worked in the private sector and publicly threw the CEO or Chairman under the bus he would have been terminated immediately. Not the work of someone who should put his country first and not give our enemies political fodder to help their cause(s). Good move removing him from command as far as I am concerned.

      June 23, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • scooby

      We need a general who has integrity and enough common sense to not bad-mouth the President or senior military staff. Stanley needed a good dressing down and I certainly hope President Obama gave him one. Stan will be remembered as a failure because of his conduct as a two-faced arrogant jerk. .

      June 23, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Unknown

      You have just screwed the U.S. Soldiers by replacing an experienced officer who does not care about politics but cares about the soldiers and acomplishing the mission.

      June 23, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      What? No one remembers Vietnam? A government run war that cost 10's of thousands of lives. I thought that our government found out the hard way that it's best to let the military run the battle field, not some person who has never even been in the military. The General was not being politically correct, so what? Call it like you see it; Obama just ruined a mans career because he was a bit upset over some "words" Have him call me, I tell him what I think of him and his dummies that he has with him. What's he going to do to me? Put me in prison? I'm a Vietnam vet of the First Infantry Division and a retired member of the 180th Tac. Fighter Wing Air National Guard with 26 years of combined service. How much time has "Barry" put in for this country as a soldier? Or how about his own country?

      June 23, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Danny

      Garc you obviously have no idea what your talking about....Obama made huge mistake by firing MCchrystal and the president did not back his plan the president gave him half of what he said would be needed to accomplish the mission and then attached all sorts of other strings as far as troop draw downs. The General shouldn't have made his feelings public however given his track record in the military and being an amazing soldier and officer he obviously did it intentionally for reasons we wont know because we don't get all the facts.

      June 23, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spendlove

      @Danny..

      McChrystal did do it intentionally because at the end of the day I don't think he wanted to be in charge anymore because perhaps things weren't going his way.

      June 23, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael Chapel Hill

      What to expect from an arrogant president, even when the General apologized?

      June 23, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      amidiots....the pres is NOT AMERICA!!! We want his socialist policies to fail....this will SAVE AMERICA....SO go whine about your left wing nutjob pres to the other libs!!!

      June 23, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hande

      "Ken
      What? No one remembers Vietnam? A government run war that cost 10's of thousands of lives. I thought that our government found out the hard way that it's best to let the military run the battle field, not some person who has never even been in the military. The General was not being politically correct, so what? Call it like you see it; Obama just ruined a mans career because he was a bit upset over some "words" Have him call me, I tell him what I think of him and his dummies that he has with him. What's he going to do to me? Put me in prison? I'm a Vietnam vet of the First Infantry Division and a retired member of the 180th Tac. Fighter Wing Air National Guard with 26 years of combined service. How much time has "Barry" put in for this country as a soldier? Or how about his own country?"
      --------

      I respect your service to a great country. However, I also want to say that a general cannot make publically disrespect the commander-in-chief. It's actually a bigger mistake than just "hurting one person's feelings" and it means another general will take his position. General McChrystal undoubtedly will continue to serve his country in another capacity.

      P.S. The United States is Obama's only country. He's lived a couple of years abroad, but that does not make him less of an American.

      June 23, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Brendalove

    Hopefully he will still get his retirement.....

    June 23, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shamrock6

      He'll get his retirement but it remains to be seen whether he will get to retire as a 4 star or a 3 star general.

      June 23, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      probably a 3 star shamrock. He was not in a 4 star position long enough to get the retirement (3 years)

      June 23, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gene K.

      He'll retire at his 'high-three'. He's earned it. I'd follow his lead any day. BTW, troops are unhappy because they aren't doing what they were trained to do. Policy has changes so much that the military personnel are getting fed up with politics and other BS that hampers a mission. Try engaging in a battle when decision makers are not taking advice from their front line commanders. Then again, Arizona is leading the way, and I hope they succeed. Obama can't ask for the resignation of a Governor, and a Governor won't offer it.

      June 23, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grannie on the go

      Obama has no idea what is means to be a soldier..to serve our country so Americans can have Freedom and feel safe.
      What happen to Freedom of Speech,,,does it only apply to OB. Remember the Police Officer...Remember Fort Hood..let's not act too Hasty

      June 23, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • me !

      jojo –
      you mean that a man served thirty + years in the military and you think he should lose his pension because he made poor comments to a magazine. truly, you are an imbecile. thankfully i am sure you aren't responsible for anything more than a spatula and a fryer

      June 23, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Howard

      @ Gene ... if any soldier is fed up with politics hampering the mission, then that soldier should put in his papers. In the 21st Century, military power is inextricably linked to political goals and political constraints. What we need are senior commanders who understand this (like CJC Admiral Mullins) and teach it to the troops, not hotheads that think war can be waged as if there are no larger concerns than winning on the battlefield. The way we defeat the enemy in battle can easily influence how many additional battles will have to be fought in a whole host of other places around the world. Only an fool will think that what happens in Afghanistan stays in Afghanistan.

      June 23, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Devo

      In the military there is no "freedom of speech". Once you sign those papers you sign away those rights until your service is done.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Howard

      @ granny on the go ... in the military, there is no "freedom of speech" unless you first ask for permission to speak freely and then receive that permission. McChrystal didn't, and as a professional soldier, he knew better. The talk out of the Pentagon this afternoon is that he deliberately set himself up to get fired because he realizes there is no way to win in Afghanistan and it's better to be fired than to end his career with a failure like William C. Westmoreland.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Grannie on the Go:
      Soldiers do not have freedom of speech. That's something they voluntarily give up when they join the military.

      Once their military commitment is over, though, they are more than welcome to say whatever they wish. McChrystal can declare himself a Republican and run for President in 2012 if he wants to, as soon as he retires.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • geoffrey

      He will receive his full benefits as he returns to the block.....He let the troops down!!!! You're never suppose to let the media know how you feel...Rule number one!....He can still dress up as a member of VFW....he's lucky he's not being confined to the brig...Rolling Stone is read around the world...not a smart move Stanley.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • ruby gumshoe

      He IS eligible for reetirement benefits. Why? He was not charged with a crime under the Uniform Code of MilitaryJustice; therefore no trial and no conviction. He has 34 years of service; he was eligible for retirement after 20 years. He resigned...he was not fired; although Obama indicated privately that he had no intention of retaining him. In fact, there's nothing to stand in the way of receiving an honorable discharge. He simply made a dumb mistake and the president lost confidence in him. In retrospect, his accomplishments and record prior to this incident overshadow this blunder.

      June 23, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • MikeC

      @Brendalove: 20 bucks says the general's next gig is as a commentator on Fox News.

      Fifty bucks says the general deliberately provoked Obama to fire him so he could leave his command in Afghanistan to accept a job at Fox News, without having to be seen as a quitter. Then he will tell is all on TV how he stood up to the President.

      June 23, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • m

      YAY! for our PRESIDENT!

      June 23, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Fox News rules!

      June 23, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. onuricle

    I guess Obama had no choice but why does the military dislike Obama so much. Is he setting impossible goals?

    June 23, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Democracy first

      It is better to set ambitious goals than lying about WMD and take us into an impossible war...

      June 23, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      The reality is our troops are as divided as our country on any President most likely. There are many in the military today who joined up under Bush and did so because of a desire to seek revenge for 9/11 – many of these individuals come from more conservative areas of the country.

      June 23, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      the military dislikes Pres. Obama b/c he has no military experience whatsoever, seeks to cut defense funding and has proposed the lowest raises since Clinton for the military.

      and no, the military supports the Republican party by an overwhelming majority.

      June 23, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mainehunter

      Having Obama as Commander in Chief of our military is like having your HS music teacher coach your HS football team.

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

      I think the impossible goals were set when the war began....How exactly does one win a war with Afghanistan?

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

      are you kidding? they dislike him because he is an idiot.

      June 23, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • BrianCNN

      Had no choice to do what? The General voluntarily resigned.

      June 23, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill Wattenberg

      The military hates just about any Democratic president. They get along much better with the Republicans.

      June 23, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • m8150n

      onuricle, have you seen Obama's ratings lately, it's not just the military that doesn't like him. The military comprise only 3% of the U.S. population. I assure you, there are many more of us than the military that are not satisfied with the president.

      June 23, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Freedom Czar

      It's tough to put your life on the line with a Bungler-in-Chief who has no clue how to fight a war. This is what happens with you let POLITICIANS run it. Nobama has never managed anything IN HIS LIFE – he's nothing but a petty community ORGANIZER. Our soldiers are not allowed to fire back if there's even the remotest chance that there are civilians in the area. Great – problem is the Taliban shoot our guys and then run and hide behind the civilians. Would YOU like to try fighting that way?

      June 23, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jayj

      Why are some of you folks saying the military don't like the ELECTED PRESIDENT Obama? When he visits the troops they're charging to the front with cameras in hand. Y'all sore losers hate it don't you?!?

      June 23, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anti-Religious

      Probably because he's not a right-wing nut job. He is a patient thinker.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • jchill

      Soldiers are trained to do battle. No one should be surprised they do not like talkers or paper-pushers. That said, cvilian control over the military has to be absolute. If the President had not accepted his resignation, every republican in Congress would be screaming about damage to the Office. It is really a shame because the Gen is a warrior. He & his aides just let their guard down while in the company of that reporter. Freedom of speech doesn't always produce the best results

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

      They dislike him because he isn't a republican redneck like Bush. The fact of the matter is that McChrystal's massive ego got the best of him, again, and he acted disgracefully, getting wasted and both himself and his staff shooting off their mouths about officials elected by the PEOPLE... aka, their bosses, to internationally read news publication. Patton syndrome. Who did he fail? His troops? Yes, for showing them that all the lessons about chain of command, loyalty, and duty to the American people and OUR government don't apply if you don't like who's president. Soldiers are not politicians, and egomaniac hotshots like McChrystal need to be shut down. NO ONE is indispensable. And he failed the American public by showing that he does not respect civilian authority, basically, us. Too dangerous to let stand, and good for them, they didn't. Adios, hotshot.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • geoffrey

      You cannot win a war against hate groups....the KKK still exist..right? You have to use other diplomatic approaches. We've lost over 46,000 soldiers...What have we gained? Nothing......The reason some of our military leaders are having problems with President Obama centers around our doctrine. Whenever you use lethal force in an counterinsergency conflict intemingled in a civilian setting there are going to be concerns. Lets get the heck out there!! These people are illiterate idiots! Have of these people are on Herion!! Eventually Barrack will switch doctrines

      June 23, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • DMR

      Okay Obama lacks military experience, however what was GWB;s military experience? Not much. What was Dick Chaney's? None, to the level of avoiding military service. President Obama did not lead us into the mess in Afganistan, he is trying to find a way to resolve the problem there. Again the GOP extremists use anything to attack President Obama while have no, zero, zip valid alternative. Also, Gen. McChrystal violated military law and could have been subject to court martial. If Gen. McChrystal had been in high level corporate management, and said similar things about the CEO, there is little question he would have been fired on the spot. What alternatives do these posters attacking President Obama have to offer in alternative, that is viable? They cry President Obama is wrong nothing more.

      June 23, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • ruby gumshoe

      I disagree with those who say it's because of Obama's lack of military experience. Clinton had no military experience and Bush was just as much a draft dodger...sitting on the wings of his plane in the Air National Guard and reading magazines. The gist of it is that the President doesn't have to have military experience; what he needs is advisors whose recommendations he can trust when making appolintments of top military leaders. Think about it... although most of our presidents in modern history have had some military experience, with the exception Eisenhower all rose no higher that company grade officers; hardly the kind of experience needed to make top-level appointments.

      June 23, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      Respect, most people do not respect Obama. A 5 star General trumps a community organizer any day.

      June 23, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Big Bill from Brooklyn

    The Chain of Command goes back to the Presidency of George Washington. President Obama protected that legacy.
    We salute the General for his service, but remind all citizens that in America, The President is the Commander-in-Chief.
    God bless America. Always.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Graham

      Mainehunter... you birther people just hurt your cause. You look crazy to the rest of us sane people. Obama was born in the USA. Give it a rest.

      June 23, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • BrianCNN

      He protected nothing. The General voluntarily resigned his position. What big decision did he have to make? What color tie to wear when he made the press announcement?

      June 23, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • SLC Gary

      Well said Big Bill! I'm not a political supporter of the guy currently in office (or his predecessor either...) and, while most in the military have probably had a beef w/ their CO at one time or another, having a beef w/ the boss and making it public are two entirely different things. He had to go.

      June 23, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • whatever

      Mainehunter... You are pathetic, your cause is lost and you are a pathetic little roach. please go back to your terrorist country of origin...

      June 23, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • SLC Gary

      Marinehunter...Obama haters w/ more brains than you and me put together have tried to make this one stick. Yup...just give it a rest...

      June 23, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. J. Gonzo

    The US Military is the best in the world and MAKES things happen...this is another very poor decison by Nobama.
    He sounds like the Wizard of Oz scarecrow, "if I only had a brain".

    June 23, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Democracy first

      Hey Gonzo, would you like to be governed by the military? Because that's what could happen if the President let these things slide without a concrete response. He had no choice! Shame on McChrystal for disregarding the chain of command.

      June 23, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Graham

      Gonzo, I don't think you addressed any of the merits of the case. A general showed disrespect and disdain to his superiors in the press. He also did this in front of his subordinates and set a bad example. As a high ranking officer he needs to know better. Also, it isn't the first time he has done things to undermine his superiors. So what would you do? Let him continue. You probably would since you appear to be gutless.

      Yes, the US military MAKES things happen. They also make things explode and destroy. Perhaps the US military isn't equipped to do the job needed in Afghanistan which is why they are frustrated with things they can't do. Creating peace from chaos is a lot harder than blowing stuff up.

      June 23, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • jojo

      Racist, hate monger

      June 23, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • JGD

      Best in the world? The troops maybe but not the military leaders. We spend billions to train and equip an army that's getting it's ass kicked (again) by an enemy whose chief weapon against us has the work "improvised" in it.

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

      If "you" only had a brain

      June 23, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      @J. Gonzo – wow good one dude.. did you come up with calling him "nobama" all by yourself? How about the scarecrow reference, was that your idea for a clever jab or did you get help with that one too?

      What's funny is you're saying it's a poor decision but probably can't provide any valid reason as to why it would be a poor decision without making yourself look like a total knob in the process.

      Is it because you're a republican and blindly hating everything the Obama administration does? Maybe not but i wouldn't doubt it.

      A) McChrystal's Afgahn policy is failing
      B) McChrystal insults the President and the Office of the President.

      He offered his resignation because he knew he was in the wrong and he knew he wasn't delivering. The magazine gave the Obama administration a perfect in to shake up the leadership in Afghanistan and set an example of someone who thinks they can take crap on their boss in a magazine article and get away with it.

      June 23, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mainehunter

      Right on Gonzo. We need more peoplelike General McChrystal and less people like Obama!

      June 23, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      JGD, look at the body counts. We are definitely winning. However, the war will likely never be "won"

      June 23, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • whatever

      Little minded roach...

      June 23, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anti-Religious

      I love how all these right-wing nut jobs can only name-call. Really? Remember the idiot who marched this country into the WRONG country, under false pretenses (WMDs?), without enough armor, and with no plan? And waved the "Mission Accomplished" flag 2 years into, and yet we're STILL THERE SPENDING TRILLIONS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS and letting our military get killed, for what?

      June 23, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • whatever

      Anti-Religious, Thanks for reminding these roaches what they are in denial about. Very well said, and very true...

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

      At least he can spell!

      June 23, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah Tonin

      Gonzo .. the disrespect that you show the President, and that shown by others in the comment section of this story, is exactly what got the General replaced. No, he wasn't fired. The President let him resign but had he not offered his resignation, he would have been fired. A General is not called on the carpet to be told to knock it off! The open display of disrespect from the General and his staff ended a military career. Your display of disrespect only reflects on your character!

      June 23, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • eddale

      J. Gonzo you are nothing but a redneck loser.

      June 23, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Salmonburger

    Awesome!. Go Obama! Someone needed to put this brat firmly in his place.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • me !

      brat? what planet are you from?

      June 23, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anti-Religious

      Totally. What an idiot. Should have kept his mouth shut and supported his leaders. If he had a problem, should've reported it. Deserves what's coming to him. Some men just don't know what to do with power except to get arrogant with it, and put his own troops in danger by proclaiming he doesn't believe in his own president.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grafixer

      Well said.

      June 23, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Graham

    Obama was right to accept McChrystal's resignation. McChrystal was right to resign as well. Making Obama fire him and going through the media spectacle of conjecture, etc would have just made a bad situation worse. Also there are a lot of people who are going to see some political angle in this but really there was no political angle. If I had an employee who disrespectfully disagreed with the management in front of the press, that employee would be fired. No questions asked.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mainehunter

    Yet another Obama casualty/tragedy. Please hurry 2012!

    June 23, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shamrock6

      I keep hearing all the Obama haters chant about how it's going to be over in 2012 and this and that and whatever. Who are you going to vote in to replace him or some other Dem? Who?......(crickets chirping)...... Palin? Who? There's no one. Absolutely no one. Huckaby? McCain?

      June 23, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • ron

      shamrock6, methinks just about anyone will be able to beat obama. male, female, experienced, no experience, black, white, hispanic, asian...just about anyone.

      June 23, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Nobody heard of Clinton or Obama until closer to the elections they won than this, mate. Somebody that is little known now may emerge.

      The GOP may win simply because Obama keeps doing things the public is against; "free" health care being exhibit #1. He also hasn't withdrawn the troops like he said he would.

      June 23, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • BrianCNN

      McChrystal is a Democrat. Maybe he'll run for office. And Secretary Clinton?

      June 23, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • whatever

      Yes, hurry 2012 so Obama can have another term and hopefully the witless idiots that hate our president will hopefully finally hang themselves and rid this great country of the sickness and vermin.

      June 23, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shamrock6

      The GOP is in shambles. They have bifurcated into two parties. The GOP and the Tea Party. I don't know if Obama will win in 2012 but I feel pretty confident that whoever it is they won't be from the GOP.

      June 23, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anti-Religious

      You scare me. Palin? McCain? Dog help us.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • sheppard

      M/hunter – you lost all credibility with that "Mexican" remark. You have now entered the crackpot zone.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • jchill

      Right on! I wonder what Glenn Beck would have done?

      June 23, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael in Houston

      I think Mainehunter has been listening to Rush and Hannity too much. Me thinks your in for a bit of a shock Mainehunter come November. The difference is of course that Rush and Hannity will continue collecting millions for peddling their endless garbage and you wont.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • JR

      If you had any Military service than you would know how many soldiers that have received AR-15 or kick out of the Military for the same thing the Gen. did. He got over. Where you work at do that to your BOSS today and see what up, I BET YOU WOULD BE LOOKING FOR A NEW JOB

      June 23, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Gene K.

    The General is better off. He's sworn to follow the orders of the President, but when frustration builds up do to constant policy changes, one is going to say something wrong at some time. I wish him luck. I wish the Pres good luck until the end of his term. I hope the incoming General and our future President even greater luck dealing with the war in Afghanistan.

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

      No he's not. Stop lying.

      June 23, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. sharon4821

    President Obama stated today that the mission was bigger that one man referring to General McChrystal, he might remind himself that that includes himself in that equation. I am embarassed by the whole political upheaval over someones opinion, are we not better than this.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anti-Religious

      Any military leaders who scoffs at his own country's leader only sends the message to the enemy that he has no faith in his country, and the decisions they make. I suppose you rallied behind Bush right into black hold that is the "Iraq War," too? I dare you to post the positive changes that have come out of that one, over 10 years later...

      June 23, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Maverick

    Time for us patriots to expect results from our military. Or we can support our troops and bring them home. NOW! On tour is one too many. Two or more is crazy.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Garrett

    I knew this was going to happen sense day one. First time I heard about this situation, I was like, "Obama is going to fire him." Now lets see if the choice he made was a good one. So far, the government hasn't made good choices, we will see in the coming months.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • BrianCNN

      He didn't fire him. The General voluntarily resigned.

      June 23, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. josh

    Of course he deserved to be fired - every student of history knows the fate of nations that allow the military to run policy.
    But beyond that issue, the furor over whether or not to fire this general is a tempest in a teapot. The real issue is that this is an unjust colonial war for Afghanistan's riches and for geopolitical power. The anti-terror aspects of this campaign are an underdeveloped after-thought. Indeed the evidence abounds that this war, and the equally misguided one in Iraq actually inflame terrorist activity. Viewed from that perspective, i do not much care who runs the war that i oppose. We should get our troops out of Afganistan and Iraq. We should re-adjust our economy away from an offensive and expensive military to one that places priority on building our own nation.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. rob

    GOOD!!!

    June 23, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JO Mama

    His replacement won't do any better. But clearly Biden and Obama's staff are a bunch of flunkies.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anti-Religious

      Why don't you try logical reasons instead of name-calling? Do you even know what a flunkie is? Did you KNOW that the general voluntarily resigned? Do you THINK military leaders should be rewarded for bad-mouthing their own country's leadership, endangering their own troops and sending the message to the enemy that we think our own country's commander-in-chief is a joke? Did you KNOW that the majority of his own troops were dissatisfied with his military tactics, which are failing in Afghanistan? Did you KNOW we've lost more troops under this general's leadership than beyond the start of the war?

      June 23, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
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