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. Sleep Cycle

    Funny McChrystal's people just can't seem to stop. Their characterization of Obama of having no intention of keeping him is just another in an unfortunate series of misfirings from McChrystal's crew.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Donald

    Ahhhhh Obama the thin skinned president got his wittle feelings hurt so he pulled rank on the general – all this from a president who has to get angry when the press and Spike Lee tell him too. Obama is pathetic.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • whatever

      No, you are a pathetic little roach that follows his masters...

      June 23, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anti-Religious

      Do you have any pictures of him sucking his thumb in a corner, until the general showed up with his papers and VOLUNTARILY offered his resignation? Sounds to me like your general couldn't hack it. Didn't even stand up for himself.

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

      You obviously know nothing of the Code of Military Justice. Hurt feelings have nothing to do with it – brush up on your history before opening your yap next time...

      June 23, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bunch of Idiots

      @ David- How about you go to your job (if you have one) tell the VP, that your vision doesnt line up with the company visions and your going to do things your way from now on.
      and let us know the outcome of that.
      I never wanted to believe that there was this many stupid people in the world.

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

      The general resigned himself, because a high ranking military person in the military isn't suppose to make comments like that. Thats how the military works. But you obviously have never been in the military. Whether you are a CEO a 4 star general or any other position of authority, you just cant go around saying things like he did. But we have become such a nation of drama queens we tend to value shrillness over civilty.

      June 23, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. manchu

    The General is a great man. I salute him and his tireless efforts.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Silas Scarborough

      You won't need to salute him. He'll be in civvies now.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Soylent

      You don't /have/ to salute him, because in this country even the highest general is outranked by the lowest civilian. That's what he forgot, and that's the lesson he learned today. The military serve at the pleasure of the civilian government, and not the other way around. This isn't Soviet Russia.

      June 23, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. msgt69

    The terrorist in the white house shows what an idiot he is once again. I'm am so glad I retired out from under this moron...

    June 23, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Graham

      And we're so glad you're no longer working with your partisan hack mentality. Thanks for your retirement. Maybe you'll do less damage.

      June 23, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • whatever

      I am sure many are glad a moron like you retired from under our president. Because your head trip is pretty sad...

      June 23, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Silas Scarborough

      So is he.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anti-Religious

      So are we. But most of all, we're sad that your low-I.Q.'d generation made us suffer at the hands of the King of Morons for EIGHT YEARS.

      Your turn! Ha ha ha ha ha ha!

      June 23, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • sheppard

      You're either a liar who has never served, or you're an idiot who doesn't know the Code of Military Justice – either way you are no where near as glad as I am that you can no longer carry a gun.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • jchill

      hopefully you'll use your free time to go back to high school where name calling passes for debate

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

      Yeah, and if he had not accepted the General's resignation, you would have had a problem with that too. Right?
      You people are unbelievable.

      June 23, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hitobito

      Master Sergeant: I'm glad you retired too! Clearly you never knew or have forgotten the UCMJ! it applied to you as an non-commissioned officer as well. When I was on active duty, I had a lot of respect for the NCOs who worked for me. I also worked hard to earn their respect. You may not agree with the POTUS, but I am surprised at your lack of respect for someone who has achieved significantly more in his life than you will ever achieve. And his best days still lie ahead.

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

    if it was true which it sounded to be, our commander in chief did not pay much attention to the war in afghanistan. it sounds like it was another distraction for him to deal with. sad, he can portray a good leader but is really anything but

    June 23, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • whatever

      The freedom fries freaks were the laughingstock. Unbelievable... Because even France knew GWB was full of sht. Even France, and then these freedom fries idiots were so wrapped up in their idiotic political trappings that they renamed french fries to show how incredibly moronic they were.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anti-Religious

      Dear Selective Amnesia Member:

      Dumbya put us in Iraq, instead of Afghanistan. Who knows what could've been accomplished had he put troops in the RIGHT COUNTRY after 9/11. Has nothing to do with Obama's leadership. YOU GIVE HIM THE BROOM, and we'll back you up...

      June 23, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rontianjin

    Good one Mr. President. One screw up after another. What is next?

    June 23, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shamrock6

      Why is this a screw up? The general disgraced himself and every honorably serving officer that ever wore the uniform. He broke the law. He's lucky to be resigning.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • whatever

      I bet your idea of solid decisions come from GWB. When you set your bar that low how can you see people of higher judgement and standards? You can't... Sorry, go back and watch some fox news and pretend you are a patriot...

      June 23, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anti-Religious

      ... meanwhile, the person has no idea of what's SCREWED UP. Invading Iraq, anyone? SCREW-UP of the century...

      O didn't spill the oil. Bush didn't keep up on his cronies' safety measures. O didn't let healthcare and alternative resources slide under the radar for 8 years–Bush did. O didn't open the war mess: Bush did. Please, list what GOOD Dumbya did for this country in 8 years, besides leave us a mess in Iraq and a recession?

      June 23, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. R

    J.Gonzo you lose all credibility when you used silly terms for the president and even less mature references. Keep it up, we need clowns like you to keep the right down.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Firstview

    Regardless of the general's personal beliefs, he should always have respect for the office of the president & his commander in chief. If president Obama would keep him, then he would have undermind his authority as commander in chief.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Piperfan

    So much for freedom of speach. I wonder what else he's going to take away!!

    June 23, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • sheppard

      Another idiot who runs his mouth without putting his brain in gear – Code of Military Justice – look it up, I spelled it for you.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anti-Religious

      The Pipers called. They have your throne ready for Moron of The Month.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • whatever

      Please leave this country, you suck...

      June 23, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. J Allen

    Why punish McChrystal for saying what everyone knows is true. Obama and crew, don't have a clue.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Graham

      And Bush did???

      June 23, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • ron

      graham, bush is mother teresa, ghandi, einstein, patton, and aristotle compared to obama. even you libs know that by now. it's ok to make a mistake once (i'm talking about voters) but let's not make it twice.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • whatever

      You are a little puppet of the right aren't you? Get fed lies and eat them up all nice. Bush and followers were a bunch of poser patriots that did not have enough critical to understand how easily they were duped. Hold on to the Bush legacy you little puppet...

      June 23, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donny L

      Why is it that every time someone criticizes Obama, someone else compares him to Bush? Some of us think that they are both lousy Presidents, and Obama wins the prize for breaking the most campaign promises hands down.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anti-Religious

      You mean what YOU think is true (by the way, a question has a question mark at the end of it).

      Bush put us there, and left without getting us out. And this moron opens his mouth and endangers his own troops? Please, list all of the wonderful things Bush did for us... and please, outline YOUR strategy for getting us out of this losing war.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Margo

    When a military officer can not muster the personal discipline to respect his own chain of command, that is grounds for dismissal, if not court martial.
    Keep in mind that in civilized places, the armed forces are under the command of the civilian authorities. Otherwise, you get military dictatorships, like Chile under Pinochet.
    President Obama did exactly the right thing.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. MuDdLe

    Soldiers are not to denigrate their superiors.

    So far as I can tell, this is a good thing, as the vast majority of soldiers have contempt for the present commander-in-chief.

    I suspect that the General had simply become a bit too accustomed to expressing what was a consensus opinion among his colleagues.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Andrew in CALIFORNIA

    Clearly the Left blindly supports Obama and the Right blindly supports McChrystal. What is most interesting to me is his comments which gives us a glimpse into what a joke the military thinks Obama and his inner circle are. This lines up almost perfectly with Obama and his inner circle's failure to assist in the oil spill in the Gulf. The man is a wimp who has no clue what he is doing and I think his advisors are generally clueless as well. And now the Lefties on here will start attacking mercilessly and defending their pathetic President by attacking me. This is generally their MO.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      There were actually many on the Right that supported Obama's criticism of McChrystal's remarks. When you're wrong, you're wrong and everyone agrees that McChrystal was way out of line.

      June 23, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Graham

      Andrew, what planet have you been on? Obama's "failure to assist in the Gulf"? Are you kidding me? Did you hear about the $20 Billion that Obama got BP to commit to cleanup and economic damage? How much do you think George Bush got Exxon to commit to cleanup and damages in the Valdez spill after less than 60 days? OK, too lazy or still clinging to you ideological blankie? I'll tell you. It was a big fat ZERO. Zero dollars. As in zip, zilch, nada. Nothing.

      Bush let the courts sort that one out. And predictably, Exxon with it's loafer wearing, multi-million dollar, smarmy lawyers outlasted most of the fishermen in Alaska and it took nearly 20 years for them to get even incomplete justice.

      You right wingers are all alike. You cling to your guns, religion and ideology but when presented with facts you resort to "birther" arguments or ad hominem attacks. Shut up until you have a serious argument backed by facts.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • whatever

      I am ashamed somebody from my state would be so incredibly dim. Oh well...

      June 23, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anti-Religious

      That's okay... some people went to California schools, and have no idea how to do something called RESEARCH. I'm sure he just looked at the Gulf spill pictures (too many big words), to understand how the government versus privatization of specific products work, and the frickin' mess Bush left by not doing what he was supposed to be doing when it came to his back-pocket big oil buddies.

      BP SPILLED THE OIL, you moron. And most of our troops, thanks to Bush, are not in this country to help out.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dante

      What did you expect Obama to do with the oil spill? Seal it with his laser vision?

      June 23, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Taylor

    Yep, that's our way-in-over-his-head, has-no-clue President playing tough guy and really kicking some ass over a General who lacked tact and called it the way most others see it. Wait...! Wrong ass, Obama. Aren't you supposed to be kicking BP's ass to the point where they cry 'uncle!', file for Chapter 11, and leave us – the American taxpayer – on the hook for another $30-$40B??

    June 23, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anti-Religious

      Kinda how Bush stuck us with a useless trillion-dollar war tab, a BRILLIANT bail-out idea, and a recession?

      June 23, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • sheppard

      taylor.............................. Another idiot who runs his mouth without putting his brain in gear – Code of Military Justice – look it up, I spelled it for you.

      June 23, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dave

    @J. Gonzo - wow good one dude.. did you come up with calling him "nobama" all by yourself? How about the scarecrow reference, was that your idea for a clever jab or did you get help with that one too?

    What's funny is you're saying it's a poor decision but probably can't provide any valid reason as to why it would be a poor decision without making yourself look like a total knob in the process.

    Is it because you're a republican and blindly hating everything the Obama administration does? Maybe not but i wouldn't doubt it.

    A) McChrystal's Afgahn policy is failing
    B) McChrystal insults the President and the Office of the President.

    He offered his resignation because he knew he was in the wrong and he knew he wasn't delivering. The magazine gave the Obama administration a perfect in to shake up the leadership in Afghanistan and set an example of someone who thinks they can take crap on their boss in a magazine article and get away with it.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
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