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. Donald

    Obama got his wittle feelings hurt – again!!!

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

    WELCOME HOME, GENERAL !!! Mission Accomplished !!! You're a hero to so many soldiers and a martyr to us Real Americans! You actually took high road and left before your name got smeared like Gen. Petraeus...and you won't have to step out into the game again...smooth move, Check Mate !

    June 23, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Montel

      Before his name got smeared?! Put down the drugs dipstick, this man is leaving in disgrace!

      June 23, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Steve

    The General did need to be disciplined for his actions although I think this is going overboard. Whether or not you are a Rep. or Dem. you have to agree that the military must answer to the commander in chief, despite the fact that they have no respect for him.

    That said, I would love to have been a fly on the wall and seen how Obama acted in the presence of a man's man instead of the synchophants who normally surround him. My guess is that if McChrystal would have stood suddenly, Obama would have wet himself.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joe

    30 years of service and can't keep his mouth shut? He must be really dumb, after all!

    June 23, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. CG61fan

    About time the President grows a pair and do what was needed to be done. I thank the General for his service, but he broke a major rule of respect for chain of command in the military.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. cindy

    isnt these the same thing that happened to Lawrence of Arabia and isnt thats why we are disliked over there. correct me if im wrong but didnt he understand the people there and wasnt he making headway....... we all make mistakes but does one mistake destory a career......

    June 23, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kirsten

    I bet this major act of insubordination is only the tip of the iceberg of how those men feel.
    Obama had to accept his resignation; I would not have respected him as much had he not.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Steve

    It doesn't matter if the General's plan for Afghanistan was perfect or severely flawed.

    ALL that matters in this case is UCMJ Art. 88. The President did the General, the troops, and the nation a favor by *ahem* "accepting" McChrystal's resignation rather than dragging him through the reccommended court-martial proceedigns at a time like this. A 4-star general knows and must act better.

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

      once again there is no getting out of it for him...once you make the remarks your done thats the way the military works...we have a saying in the Marines we live under a dictatorship so you can live in a democracy...meaning there is no room for your biased whatever winged opinon of the commander in chief....you follow orders period including the General thats how it works he's lucky he doesnt get conduct unbecoming of an officer....the should know better about talking to the media than anyone espcially a General

      June 23, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. DMONT

    After reading some of your comments you can tell who has served and who has not......Disrespect towards any commander in chief....no matter if you agree with him or not is not tolerated.....period..zero tolerance...regardless of how many years you have served or if you think its not a big deal...its not tolerated...he's lucky all that happened was he was relieved of duty thats a slap on the wrist compared to what could have happened....because there is so much i feel unwaranted comtept of this president...people feel they can say whatever they like about him...in the military you should know better thats day 1 stuff ......even the youngest private fresh out of boot camp knows better than that.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mmmhmmm

    It would be awesome if someone on the President's staff would make some disparaging comments about America. That way, the President would be required to apologize to his boss (the American people), and hand in his resignation. What a great day that would be!

    June 23, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JOHN IN TX

    obama...if you dont stand behind our military please stand in front of them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 23, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Montel

      He already is, by virtue of his position as Commander In Chief. Why don't you join the military and find out what patriotisim is really about, instead of hurling insults from the safety of your lazy boy recliner.

      June 23, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sue Martin

    What there are no 4 star generals that resemble Obama? Sad. A man states his opinion and someone overhears him and tells the world. What happened to free speech? Not on Obama's rule apparently. Disgusting as is the war in Af. Not worth the effort and most certainly not worth the loss of human life.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jim Rice

    I totally agree with most of what McChrystal and his aides said. I probably would have said much worse. However anyone is the service, especially someone of his rank, knows you are not allowed to say those things in public. I't obvious he has to go. It's just too bad that Obama doesn't have to go too.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. 2bnfl

    Only thing GEN Mc did wrong was apologize. We know how he felt and he was right and shouldn't have apologized for the administration's incompetence!

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

      Right on brother!

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

    Unfortunately most military men don't consider Obama "Commander in Chief". Also, the General took the fall for his men in Afghanistan, whose hands have been tied by an inept President and his childish staff. I salute you General, job well done.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jojo j.

      @Jim...Too bad for those unprofessional military men or women then. As General Douglas McArthur so aptly put it in his final address to Westpoint Cadets, "...Ours is not to ask the reason why, ours is but to fight and die..." The role of the militry is not to choose the Commander Chief, it is actually the other way round. The Commander in Chief is chosen by the electorate (i.e. voting public) by their sacred and sovereign right. He in turn as the chosen representative of the people (in his own person, as well as in the person of all other US Presidents who trace their legitimate governance as far back as President George Washington), then choses members of the military to act as his strong hand in smiting the enemies of the United States. If military (however high ranking), now become so arrogant that they think they can either dictate policy to the Commander in Chief (regardless of whether they voted for him or not), or decided whether or not to serve him and obey his commands 9which are issued on behalf of the American People who elected him to high office), then they do not belong in uniform, and should be booted out unto "civvy street," so that they can freely exercise their civilian rights of criticizing the POTUS. But hell no, they are most certainly not going to be allowed to do so while wearing the sacred uniform of the US Armed Forces. The Army is no place for rebels or underminers of the President! Obama was elected by the American People, and ultimately can only be fired from office by the American People via the ballot box, or through legitimate articles of impeachment by the House, and removal from office after a proper trial by the Senate. Until that happens, all military men and women who freely chose to wear Uncle Sam's uniform, must respect him, and obey him implicitly, because in doing so, they are not doing Obama any favors, they are merely upholding the oat the swore upon enlistment to respect and obey the President of the United States, and whoever he (or she) sets above them. This has always been the military code. General McCrystal (great warrior though he may be), broke this code, and that is why the POTUS had no choice but to regretfully show him the door. And if people like you Jim, cannot separate the man Obama, from the hallowed Office of the President that he holds in sacred trust for the American People, until they demand that office back, then I say to you that is just too tough. Go jump off the nearest cliff, if the majesty of the US presidency is too much for you to handle. Obama whether you like it or not, is skipper of this ship until January 2013, baring impeachment and removal from office, incapacitation, or death!

      June 23, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • nonesuch

      So, Jim, when were you appointed the official spokesperson for "most" members of the military?

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