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.

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  1. Neddie

    This is about judgment. McChrystal made a serious error in judgment – I would hope someone in charge of military strategy could distinguish a good idea from a horrible one. This went down exactly as it should have.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. peter

    well obama is moving forward with the self destruction of the usa,
    maybe 2012 is the end!

    June 23, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      Why are you guys so afraid. I guess it's easy to put down the President to make your self feel good. I think the President is doing the best he can with what he has to work with.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • peter

      Obama's best job, is not as good as a 5 year old can do,

      June 23, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. killbush&cheney

    Bush and Cheney should be executed by firing squat tomorrow if it is true what I heard on Rick's show on CNN a few minutes ago, about Ben Landen....

    June 23, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • whatever

      I think they should be waterboarded first.

      June 23, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mary

    He had to go. Can any of you say that if you made disparaging remarks about your company or CEO to a world wide publication that you would be allowed to stay? Yes we have freedom of speech to say what we want to say, but then you must suffer the consequences. This is especially true in the military where they actually have laws prohibiting any kind of political activity or divisiveness. The General put a wedge between himself and the civilian leadership of this country. Unity is the name of the game, especially in wartime. I repeat, he had to go.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Johnny Brainetree

    Evidently Obama wants to surround himself with yes men. He himself is a very incompetent president and should resign himself! He is a disgrace to our nation and hopefully will be removed from office by the voters after just one term. Bush was overspending at the rate of 1.6 billion per day; Obama 5 billion! Fiscal insanity! Overspending is what cause our nightmare situation in the first place – Obama's solution is just more of the same, much more. Trillions of dollars of massive new debt is the path to catastrophe and national ruin. This president obviously is inept.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      I think you have a problem with Leadership. Get over it!

      June 23, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Michael

    Since we are in a time of war, Gen. McChrystal should be court marshaled and thrown in the brig for in subornation.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Marc

    The general and his staff's behavior was beyond the pale. Inexcusable. Men at that level in the military are trained repeatedly on proper decorum in public or when the press is present. A total breakdown in the chain of command, it was.
    The President did absolutely the right thing. No sitting President would allow such disrespect on their watch, republican or democrat.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. killbush&cheney

    Please free my willy!

    June 23, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Michelle

    All of you that are critizing the President need to check your self. Deal with it and wait till November to speak your mind. He is your Presisent whether you like it or not. I don't know how you people sleep at night with so much hatres in your heart.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mance Lotter

      Michelle, the stupidest thing you can do when you are strongly dissatisfied with your elected officies is to sit pleasantly and wait until elections. Freedom of speech and right to assembly were specifically listed in the BoR for that same reason. The founding fathers wanted the people to express their discontent without fear of imprisonment or punishment (which is different than what McChrystal did – this is not a free speech issue). You have the same flaw that causes so many people to disapprove of Obama, you don't see this country the way the founding fathers did – in fact, you probably despise their vision.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael in Houston

      "Hatred – the anger of the weak."-Alphonse Daudet

      June 23, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kathy

      Why is it "hatred" when you doubt someones ability – especially when it's so obvious that the ability is not there.

      June 23, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • geoffrey

      If Americans ever figure out their hatred maybe they'll understand Hitler. I don't understand the KKK or Nazis but maybe people on the far right may have an answer. We supported George Bush for eight years and the same people remained quiet throughout his 2 terms. I see....they were in a coma for 8 years. Don't worry the Republicans will have the driver seat again one day....remember! Sarah Palin is the answer!

      June 23, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Disgusted

    Jimmy Carter sure is smiling!

    June 23, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bob

    Elect McChrystal PRESIDENT. He has the courage to stand up and speak the truth. He has a demonstrated track record of exemplary leadership. Can he possibly do any worst than the boob currently in the office?

    June 23, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • fomer soldier

      Good Point....maybe he should run....but he needed to resign.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. PJ

    Good riddance!! He is a traitor. I hope they give him a dishonorable discharge. We don't need his type representing the Military!!!!

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

      How is he a traitor – because he doesn't have a great deal of respect for Obama? There are alot of people who feel that way. No sense pretending what you don't feel. I'm sure that's one reason the general gave his resignation – he wasn't going to keep apologizing for what he and his soldiers believe.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mance Lotter

      So you think a general inappropriately speaking about his civilian leaders is traiterous? Really? Is that a demonstration of your intelligence? A traitor?

      June 23, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kathy

    Personally, I wouldn't have resigned – if I beleived what I said. It might not have been the appropriate way to say it – but it says what a lot of people feel. The general has guts!

    June 23, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • G

      The general was in the wrong field if he wanted to voice his opinion. The whole premise of a military is that you show your support to the commander in chief regardless of your opinion. When the general makes remarks like he did, the military staff under him will question our commander in chief and it has a domino effect and ultimately can create chaos within our military. This is why joining the military is not a profession for everyone. You either fight as one or don't fight at all.

      June 23, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • G

      Also..it's not like the general expressed his opinions privately to his boss...he did it to ROLLING STONES magazine?!?! I think many people would be fired if they disrespected their boss at work. There is etiquette in any job area.

      June 23, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. write_tp

    very soon we will see the general as Faux News analyst

    June 23, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Pete

    What happened to freedom of speech? Can you one say anything about the commander in chief?

    June 23, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • fomer soldier

      in the millitary freedom of speech is not free

      June 23, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Waytogo

      Not when your in the military Pete. This is a common misconception amognst civillians. They think, because they can say what they want. Those in the military should be able to as well, but they can not.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      Pete. Freedom of speech is one thing but making your boss look bad is another.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mance Lotter

      Pete – Freedom of Speech guarantees we can say what we want about the gov't without getting thrown into jail. He broke a military rule and is being punished professionally – not civilly or criminally.

      And Michelle, you clearly are in way over your head. Making your boss look bad is not an offense. In fact, if you were my boss, it would happen everyday.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nik

      specially when u are decision maker for entire country. President trusts all his chiefs for their judgments...and this guy clearly crossed that line as a Top General. Its a TEAM that runs country and you have to be on TOP of your game. Otherwise there are many like us..who can blast each other out with words! hehe

      June 23, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kathy

      The "boss" looked bad before the general said what he did 🙂 It just reinforced it from a military standpoint – even though the military is not supposed to voice criticism. Of course I'm not over in Afghanistan getting shot at – or fighting to get support from the "boss" who knows absolutely nothing about fighting a war. I think the general earned his chance to voice his opinion – too bad it ended the way it did.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
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