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. Mike in San Antonio

    For those of you who have never worn the uniform or put boots down in a hostile area and are saying there was nothing wrong with what the general did, do a bit of research...I'll give you a hint: Art 88, UCMJ. General was wrong and as much as I hate to admit it, OUR president did the right thing in relieving him of command.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jack

    Obama is in way over his head. The disaster in the Gulf of Mexico can ruin the planet and Obama hasn't got a clue of what to do or how to even begin managing the mess.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mark

    ARTICLE 88-Any commissioned officer who uses contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Transportation, or the Governor or legislature of any State, Territory, Commonwealth, or possession in which he is on duty or present shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.”

    June 23, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • rookiesam


      June 23, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. boo

    Its ok general, you don't need to work for these bozos... they are the ones that got shafted, not you.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. TerryG

    This general knew the rules and opted to ignore them for one reason or another. I suspect the reason is that he knows HIS plan was failing and wanted out before the excrement hits the fan.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jay

    Screw Afghanistan and McChyrystal. It's a joke war anyway and there is no way to win the hearts, souls and resources, (that's really why bush was there), of the Afghani people. If you want to stop the "war" in Iraq and Afghanistan, get the Jews off Pali land and do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Remember America.....these are not Native Americans who were fooled by your manifest destiny and they are not remotely interested in your "we are the world" crap.....

    June 23, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Satalink

    I think there's something deeper here. My best guess is that McChrystal didn't agree with Obama policies and was targeted by attaching a "journalist" with a mouthy insider. That would give the Obama staff a reason to fire McChrystal. Seems there's more politics than is shown at the surface on this...

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

      Gee another conspiracy theory. Imagine my surprise.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. geoffrey

    Please read Article 88 of the UCMJ....If you've never served in the armed forces u wouldn't understand..Anarchy is unacceptable!!! Stanley didn't resigned he was relieved of his duties.Now he has to go through PAC like all the other soldiers to receive his DD-214 which will have an ETS date. Stanley...you let the troops down "tough guy"!!! Never !! Never!!!! Never!!! Tell the media how you "feel"..rule number one..as you PCS back to the block remember..Espirit De Corp!!

    June 23, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joe

    The founding fathers had the wisdom to make the military responsibe to the civilian government. Why? The military is a force for war. How ironic it is that we go to war to have peace. The generals and admirals report to the Commander-in-Chief, like it or not. When these individuals forget whose in charge and cross the line, they usually pay a severe price. The military are the warriors who stand on the wall and protect us from all enemies, foreign and domestic, as directed by the civilian Commander-in-Chief. The founding fathers did it this way so the military didn't get out of control. We've had our ups and down, but when was the last time we had a military overthrow. We have the best system in the world. I served in the miltary from 1968 to 1972 and had plenty of questions about our civilian leaders, but always to myself. I had a job to do and a Commander-in-Chief to report to. (I had absolutely no respect for Richard Milhouse Nixon, but I had great respect for the President of the United States and the Commander-in-Chief of the greatest military force in the world.)

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

      spoken like a real soldier!

      June 23, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • fomer soldier

      could not have said it better myself

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

      Well said. I happen to agree with the General's view of the current crowd, but for all the reasons you stated he was dead wrong. Just hope Obama chose the best option to deal with this considering we are at war.

      June 23, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Montel

      Spoken like a true patriot! If all you other nincompoops can't conduct yourselve's like Mike, then you should leave the USA and live ELSEWHERE!!

      June 23, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. TraitorReporter

    No one should Hire him. No one should help him anything. He must apologize to all of us for bring the entire war and this country to a dispute for personal gain. TRAITOR.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nik

      Agree... RStone should fire him and we Americans should make his life miserable.

      June 23, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Canadian Norma

    The US is already split into two camps and the outdated and stuck in past Republicans like it that way – that is why every time Obama changes his tie – they come on the air and say "the tie is wrong – he should have worn the blue one". The GOP have no concept of trying to do what is best for the US citizens first then worry about whose party the idea came from. They think by saying no – then listening to what is being proposed it is going to get them into power and they are so badly mistaken. I have life long Republican friends in the US who lost confidence in the Republican party as "W" put the US on the road to "the fall of the USA" which is Obama's biggest hurdle and hopefully he can get the US back on track. Actually the "General" is lucky he didn't have to face Cheney – he would have had him shot and then asked him why he and his cronies did what they did.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mejazzbo

    So, President Obama, you have decided to be the boss. Now BE the boss!

    June 23, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ted

    firing sqad would be good

    June 23, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. DWOLF

    The wrong man resigned...

    June 23, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mance Lotter


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

      It should be THAT REPORTER and Rstone producer!!!!

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

      I agree!

      June 23, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Montel

      Yeah, should have been Boehner.

      June 23, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mainehunter

    Boy that Obama sure is one courageous dude. What guts he has. Wow, a true American

    June 23, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jojo j.

      Dude...and you are the poster boy for courage...a fool; who is so full of racial hatred that he cannot accept the fact that our beloved POTUS is a full-fledged native born American, born on the sacred shores of Hawaii. If you are so cowardly that you cannot state plainly that you hate Obama because he is half-black, how do ever hope to convince someone like me that you have the ability to recognize courage or distinguish true bravery from the mere false bravado of putting on your Ku Klux Klan robes and ganging up on some lonely member of one of America's racial minorities. Gutless lying racists like you, possess only the false courage of a member of a prowling Hyena pack. Since you have so much courage, please educate us as to the great battles you have fought in and won. At least Obama has demonstrated the courage of daring to go where no one with African blood in them ever went, and many decent white people (thank God Almighty there are much more of us than your sorry kind) saw the awesome qualities in this decent man, and decided to elect him POTUS. Where do rank in this category? We have never heard of anything that people like you have ever done for America, besides spilling the blood of innocent black, brown, or red people!

      June 23, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mainehunter

      @ Jojoj. Don't flatter yourself, I don't even recognize twits like you. But good idea on the Klu Klux Klan. Maybe they can have a party at your house. Other than than, crawl back to your cave.

      June 23, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Montel

      MaineHunter; the only thing greater than your ignorance, is your absence.

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