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. JohnM

    The president "had no intention of keeping him," according to the source. That's a bit of a catty remark considering it was a source close to this guy that got him in trouble in the first place.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. sean

    As everyone in the military knows, there are different rules in the UCMJ for officers and enlisted. He will get to retire as a four star, but if he was enlisted he would be busted down to a E-1

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

      how true

      June 23, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Stephanie Cruz

    Most of you are civilians and do not understand the military side of things, under the military the president had no choice but to accept his resignation, and the general understood that when he went to talk to him. he is the top dog and its his responsibliity even when someone in his staff makes a mistake, he need to keep his comments to himself. he was in the wrong. the military does not fall under the civilian codes they fall under the UCMJ, and he made a big mistake and will soon be a civilian with his military career over

    June 23, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jessy CA

    President Obama did the right thing. He protected not only his presidency but the more important is he also protected the dignity of the United States. President Obama's action is quick, determined and bright. He did what he must do.

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

      ..."the dignity of the United States" and Obama don't belong in the same sentance. Obama and Biteme Biden are a total disgrace.

      June 23, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. The Truth

    here is what happened. That weakling Obama needed to find an a** to kick, in order to look strong over something, and the General provided that. A strong secure president would have just ignored the article and given the general what he needed to win the war, not delaying everything 6 months while his non-veteran aids thought about it.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Montel

      "Truth"; The General broke military law and had he not resigned- would have been court mashalled under UCMJ article 88 for Insubordination. IF the President wanted "payback" he could have refused the resgination thereby ensuring the Courts-Martial.

      June 23, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jack

    It's interesting... I'm submitting posts about how Obama has never produced his birth certificate and the implications of that and CNN is apparently blocking my posts.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Waytogo

      Because it's a ridiculous claim made by ridiculous people and wastes bandwith. Go play with your fellow birther teabaggers over on Fox.

      June 23, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mainehunter

      Obama is a Muslim terrorist from Kenya. He WILL destroy the US as is currently obvi

      June 23, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Medic78

    As a veteran with 8 years of service in the US Army and 2 tours in afghanistan, I disagree that McChrystal should have resigned. I understand that you just can't break the chain of command and get away with it. However, McChrystal is a 30+ year vet with an outstanding resume (better than Obama's resume), who should have been allowed to complete his duty in Afghanistan. McChrystal was the commander of my unit (75th Regiment) back in the late 90's and he is a outstanding leader. America is becoming a "soft" country due to our civilian leadership. I have read some comments about McChrystal not being able to implement his war strategies in Afghan. This is not the case. I believe his fustration as well as some of our (Soldiers) fustrations in the 2 wars being fought are that the civilian leadership is too "soft" in terms of rules of engagement. Let us do our job. Let us fight the war the way we were taught and trained. War is not pretty and it never will be. That is just a fact. Oh by the way, most of us in the military or vets support the republican party. Reason, well dems tend to cut back our budget, under supply the military, and take money out of our pockets by making promotions harder to get. They also tend to speak a good game but can't walk the walk. Let the Generals worry about the war and the white collar politicians worry about the economy.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nik

      Thanks for your service. A general who's trusted to make key decisions of war, reports directly to CoC need not give interview to a Rolling Stone level magazine. Not any reporter. Its a POOR POOR judgment. A general with 30+ years can make a mistake and must be patriot enough to Step Down and Not harm country and its Image. Thats exactly what he did. Bravo. Not hating anyone here. Its a mistake, face punishment, let the next guy take control of war.

      June 23, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jack

    Mark and Joe, you are correct. However, it is very difficult to not say anything when you know that there is a good chance that your Commander in Chief refuses to produce his birth certificate because he very well may have taken power illegally...

    June 23, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • AutosPak

      Not sure why you are still stuck over the birth certificate issue. Get over it...

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

      You are flat out the most ridiculous person posting today. Go back to Faux News and post your pathetic rant where they might agree with you.

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

      You must have turned off TV, including your favorite Fox, when they were showing all proofs of Obama being an American and condemning this birth certificate gossip. or may be you have memory prob. its obvious.

      June 23, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. sean

    I am military and from past history dealing with high ranking officers, it will be sweeped under the rug. For example the two star that got a DUI in vegas and nothing happened to him, the old saying going goes "you F-up you move up"

    June 23, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Shepherder in CT

    With all due respect to those who DID NOT serve in the Military and know nothing of the code of conduct and the laws that govern personnel, Cram it with walnuts and except your ignorance. Don't feel bad more than half the country is equally as stupid as you....

    June 23, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. FlushHim

    General McChrystal you are a dipstick. Thanks for disgracing our uniform, bonehead. Airborne, Ranger, Special Forces? Maybe in another life, before you became so big-headed and disillusioned that you thought you were untouchable. Well, you aren't. Don't worry though, the government will provide your cushy retirement so you can kick back and badmouth one of the best Presidential administrations to govern this great nation in decades, when you become the next talkshow pimp to hit the circuit.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Purple

    I read the entire article and don't really see much that the General said to disparage the President. I think more has to do with inferences and spinning of the article author. Yes some candid remarks were made by staff. But the General did not say anything specifically negative about the president. Regarding Biden, he just say something to the affect of "who" in response. That could have been interpreted many different ways.

    Ultimately the President is responsible for assembling a team that, according to Washington insiders, was commonly recognized to have conflicting views and no one expected to get along. The President stood up a team that was not compatible, most likely knowingly so. That is the ultimate failure in leadership. One the probably would not have been made by a President from more of a management background rather than an legal background oriented in conflict and politics.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mo

    Shepherder you are right...the man is lucky he was not court martialed. That is why he resigned, in this manner, he leaves the military at the rank of General, and collects all his retirement benefits (including working for FOX news).
    The man violated the number 1 pillar in the Military - Chain of Command. Insurbodination.
    Some stupid people claim it was subordinates who did this. UNDERSTAND THIS YOU NON MILITARY IDIOTS...IN THE MILITARY, THE COMMANDING GENERAL IS GOD...WHAT HE SAYS GOES, NO QUESTIONS. IF HE HAD OPTED NOT TO HAVE THIS ARTICLE PRINTED OR ANYONE ON HIS STAFF INTERVIEWED, IT WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED. HE SANCTIONED THIS; HE DESTROYED HIMSELF..NO ONE ELSE.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Nitrous

    It's all Sith Lord Cheney's fault.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sean

    The reason for civilian control of the military is to make sure nothing like the military take over a country will ever happen to this country like so many others. The military is an tool at the disposal for the President and his Congress, and no military personnel should disobey the civilian President. Period.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
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