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. scotto

    When can we Obama and Bidden to tender their resignations?

    June 23, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Glenn S.

    Jimmy "Obama" Carter; the do nothing, know nothing president of the decade! Enjoy your 4 year term buddy, you won't be back for a second!

    June 23, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Glenn S.

    Jimmy "Obama" Carter The do nothing , know nothing president of the decade. Enjoy your 4 year term buddy you OR dumb-ass biden won't be back for a second.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. plang

    what about obamas resignation when is that coming? or does he need to be removed?

    June 23, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Glenn S.

    Jimmy "Obama" Carter, the do nothing know nothing president of the decade! Enjoy your 4 year term buddy, because you won't be back for another, and take that jack-ass biden with you!

    June 23, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. james gordon

    i cannot wait till we have a republican president , i will do everything to put him down and make him look like a fool,,,,,,,,,,,opps we already had Bush ,, i forgot

    June 23, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. susie Moore

    thank you General McChrystal for your brave and tireless service to our country! You had every right to speak your mind about VP Biden and Pres Obama...you didn't say anything that most people here in the States aren't thinking themselves!!!
    Sincerely Susie Moore and Family

    June 23, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mr. Lahey

    Looks to me like Rolling Stone Magazine has done more damage to the US Military than the Taliban.

    Mr. Lahey

    June 23, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jon F

    "loose lips sink ships" was a big one in WWII. Even a top general's comment undermining the President can get lots of people killed. Obama made a good decision to ax him.

    However, I don't think the Afghanistan war is "winnable" in any respect. It reminds me so much of Vietnam – as many political types have already said. In the case of Afghanistan, we have a corrupt and idiotic government that cannot rule. The is no possible way we could get the Afghanistan army or police in any shape to fight resurgence when we leave. I am not sure that even Iraq will ever be stable enough to "let be" as well. We have learned over the decades that you cannot prop up a country that intrinsically does not want to be propped. They will fall with gravity – sooner or later.

    At some point one of our leaders will come around to realize that we are getting to many Americans killed (one is too many), spending too much money, and getting too many civilians killed to go on any longer. We are going to have to learn to live with terrorism to some extent as many of the Europeans have. We'd be better off securing this country and stealth fighting in other emerging terrorist havens than fighting in these places. These terrorists are like gophers – they keep popping up other places when we rid them from one place. It's time for a new overall strategy, because we can't go into every country for the next hundred years.

    The irony about Vietnam is that they now are (somewhat) our ally. Communism fell because it was not sustainable – not because of our fighting it. Terrorism can go likewise if we get these other countries to stamp it out within their borders on their own. If not we need to go into Pakistan, Yemen, etc. – and so many other countries. We are not all that powerful to do so.

    June 23, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ohhhhhh

    NObody respects Pres Obama and especially VP Biden!

    June 23, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Hazen

    I think we need to realize that the military is under the command of a civilian President on purpose!!! That main purpose being to avoid the potential of a military or a military mind-set to undermine the rights that we enjoy here in this country. The General's comments threatened to undermine the President's authority, whether you like it or not, and he had to go. The fact that his replacement is being lauded on both sides of the aisle speaks to the wisdom and cool heads that prevailed here.

    June 23, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alyssa

      if that true then Obama should go also ..

      June 26, 2010 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. Juan Jimenez

    The general was fired for gross stupidity and insubordination. I'm surprised he lasted as long as he did.

    June 23, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tom

    I have a feeling that most of the posters here have gotten their immense military experience at the controls of a PS3 or XBox

    June 23, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mike

    The general should stay and that half with know nothing Hussein Obama needs to retire and go back to Kenya and chant 5 times a day with the rest of his Muslim brothers! OMG is Roland Martin going to have a field day with my comment!

    June 23, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. carybrass

    he shouldn't have been fired. He should have been given a choice of either a Courts Martial or sent back over as a PRIVATE, and put on point.

    June 23, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
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