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. Zerry

    Well regardless of what he feels about our President, being a former military member myself, we are held in high regard to the chain of command. By MILITARY, standards that is totally unacceptable. So basically to leave him in command tells all the troops in the lower ranks of command that you can disrespect the commander and get away with it. This General would discipline anyone who spoke to him like this and I know the General understands what he did. He did become a General because he didn't understand rank and military code of conduct. BELIEVE ME HE KNOWS. Unfortunately his mouth got the best of him.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. shane noel

    It should have been Obama offering up his resignation to McCrystal. Its not McCrystals fault the lame stream media covers up for this incompetent moron. His incompetency is getting US troops killed daily and enough is enough. Firing McCrystal will just put that many more of our troops in harms way.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. redladyfox

    his comments have nothing to do with whether or not President OBAMA will be back in office for another 4 years... evern though it may behoov us to really think about what are our other options..and I cant speek for all but I really dont feel that another BUSH admin is going to work for me....The issue is Gerenel McChrystal was WRONG!!!!!!! bottom line.......AMERICAS's.......I could care less if you claim your set or not (dem or rep) stop trying to look at someone else and blaim them for mishaps clearly out of there control.....If we start backing OUR President (who was elected for the people by the people) stop beating everything that He tries to do down like it was just 10 broken eggs out of the carton.......He came into a system that was messed up to begin with.....but no one wants to call a spade a spade.....He is trying,,,,,He's in the Louisiana working on the oil mess that clearly He didnt cause, but our Governor will fight tooth and nail for everything...do you think that's what we should....how about we all get a piece of paper and start writting down all the things that are wrong on one side and your idea of a proper fix on the other side..we can blog them all day...if your issue is not the same as mine doesnt mean that we still dont have an issue...So my fellow americans........Take a long look in the mirror......I'm sure if we begin to be honest with our selves first, change our selves and the way WE as a whole think, this could work out WELL for all involved........No I have never served in Military, I dont work for the government in anyway, My Wonderful President has been here 3 times trying to give a plan and a solition to start the repair of the oil in our water, however talking to Jindal is like talking to your pets if you have any or your vehicles or your dinner while cooking it in a pot.....the oil has been at my back door for about 67 days but cant get anything done since Jindal has all of the answers.......Call Jindal and tell him to come up with a solution that is going to beinfit everyone, not just the Judge that has money tied up in oil drilling and lets get this job done......and if I have anything to do with it, he will be back in office for another 4 Years!!!!!!!!!

    June 23, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tehheh

    McCrystal didn't say too much that was awful. It showed that McCrystal couldn't control his blabbermouth staff, however. How can he run a huge military operation if the staff corks off in front of a visiting journalist? Obama shouldn't have given him the job after the disgraceful Tillman cover-up, anyway. And Obama should have canned him for leaking information to the media in an effort to get the operation that he wanted, not what the president and his advisors thought best. Obama shares in the blame here, though. He needs to not let the military types push him around. He's the boss! He let the neocons and their false complaints about liberals being anti-military push him into looking indecisive about the Middle East. He bent too far backwards in an effort to show the military respect. Now he has given them something to fear. Good work and continue taking charge, Mr. C-I-C!

    June 23, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. wyominguy

    The situation Clearly illustrates the basic problem which is the Military has no respect for the Commander in Chief. His policies are getting us nowhere and will turn the war into another Viet Nam. The Generals lack of respect has a basis, and the President had no choice.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Optimist

    I have read through the vast majority of these comments and I must say I find them incredibly interesting. This country was founded as a result of those wanting religious freedom and ever since we (as a nation) have increasingly created a nation divided, along party, economic, race, religious and anything else you can think of. The one principle we have heard dear to and which can be claimed by all, is freedom of speech. The fact that this general spoke so openly about President Obama, VP Biden and others as individuals is not the issue. H has every right to do so. The fact that he spoke poorly about the Office of the Presidency with whom Mr. Obama now holds as his office is terribly offensive. We as average citizens have no idea what the President does or doesn't do has influence over or not but the person who holds the office should be respected because we are all represented by this person. We can all debate on who was or was not a good President but we can all agree on the value of Free Speech and the Integrity of the Office of the President.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Truthhurts

    Remember, never engage these rabid republicans in a discussion. They don't qualify. You see they "know" the truth more than you, and they "know" McChrystal did nothing wrong and "know" Obama is a fake president. The best antidote for a republican is to go to the polls in droves and kick them out of our lives and our discussions. Never befriend one of these wastes of protoplasms. Why do you still debate this issue? Obama did the correct thing and the traitor is gone. Yes, a general who disses the commander in chief, the vice president of the US, the secretary of defense, US ambassador where the war is taking place, qualifies the the fifth star representing "TRAITOR".

    June 23, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hopkins

    The military hates Obama bcos he has no military experience! Sure W had a ton of military experience too.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. redladyfox

    WOW!!!! DAVEC..... I have a question for you.....in the 8years that Bush Jr was in office what did he do that warrents him a free pass for the place that we were already in to start off with before President OBAMA took office???? Just give me 1 good thing.... and I will wait for it

    June 23, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Wow

    Regarding the General's self-inflicted career change ..
    – Anyone out there think there is a military end-game in Afghanistan or Iraq? (Maybe the general finally figured that out)
    – Assuming 'W' and / or "O" are morons, what's the solution? (this is a brainteaser for all you armchair presidents out there)
    – How much have these debacles cost to date? A trillion? How much more do we spend and why? (and please don't reply that I'm un-American and don't support our troops)

    June 23, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dave

    Whether McChrystal was right or wrong is irrelevant. He was disrespectful of a superior, specifically the Commander -in-Chief and had to resign or be relieved. We in the military have obligations under the UCMJ, and respecting the civilian command authority is part of it.

    Personally, I think if he felt this way, he should have tendered his resignation long ago to make his point.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Grafixer

    Yesterday, the whining Repugs were all saying that Obama would not have the guts to fire this General. Today, they are all saying it was wrong to fire the General. Sounds like the same mixed mantra they say about the Oil gushing. "Less Government! Oops. Now we have oil destroying our Gulf and shores. MORE GOVERNMENT! Where's Obama?" Ya can't have it both ways.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dennis

    Funny how good Generals and bad Presidents never hit it off. Obama is clueless, in spite of what all you clowns believe. Obamas goal is to drive the United States into a second rate non-threatening nation. Unless the country wakes up, we are doomed economically, militarily, and quality of life. I have seen the bowing photos, and heard the speeches where he knocks our allies. Failure in Afganistan would be worse than any failure we could ever endure. Economically, Obama is driving us into a double dip recession. No, I didn't hear it on a news channel, I can see it happening in front of us. Wake up guys... He says things are getting better, but guess what, they are not!!

    June 23, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon F

      I agree with what you say, but failure in Afghanistan is inevitable. The war is un-winnable and no one has ever successfully take over that country militarily. Even if we could win the war, the terrorists are going elsewhere. What are we going to do – invade every country they pop up in? Right now we are just getting a lot of good people killed and maimed.

      June 23, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. larry simpson

    it would be very difficult for any general to respect a man who has never worn a uniform of any kind

    June 23, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
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    June 23, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mainehunter

      No J, we just need a new President. 2012!!!

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