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. sojourner2008

    Why do I feel like McChrystal used this article as an opportunity for "an out" of the course of action HE ASKED FOR?. . . just sayin'

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

    Too many comparing this to a "job" and what your boss would do. The General was not in a "job" like we are in "jobs". If I make a mistake, my company might lose some money. If this General makes mistakes, our country might lose lives. Military has order for a reason and this General deserves tons of respect for his service but also deserves to be done. And, honestly, like him or not, our President deserves about 1,000 times more respect than he gets here. Rip his policies, disagree with his ideas whatever you like...But he is OUR President! Have some respect for your country!

    June 23, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BD70

    I know if I had someone on my team who was a key player....then I read an article that slammed some of the my key administration I certainly would accept his resignation. McChrystal was wrong... period and end of his career as commanding officer. This country now needs to stand behind Obama to clean up the mess from the previous 8 years whether you like our President or not. He fails we all fail.

    June 23, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. US MARINE

    when you have a commanding genral making comment like that ,what message does that send to the other Officer and Troops? I was in desert storm and when ever the Media came to interview the Troops, The Commanding Officer got us in formation, and they told us what we could say, and they pick certain people to speak to the media. he had 30+ years in the service he knew better. when the genral saw what Rolling Stone was printing he dimiss the press Officer of his duties Monday! and the other four Officer who was there, thier careers are over as well." the old saying stuff roll downhill" he did not come back to resign he was dismiss as commanding Genral yesterday. today was just a dog and pony show.

    June 23, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alyssa

      That we have a stupid CIC

      June 26, 2010 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  5. True Soldier

    The first things they trained a soldier in military are: obey, respect and taking order. General McCrystal makes it that far then he should understand what the respect is. Obey and respect that make the military force strong. No respect, no military force. He lost the respect to the commander in chief then the resignation is the only one left for his career.

    June 23, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Luke

    Q- "what ever happened to freedom of speech?"
    A- Just because you can say whatever you want does not mean that you should.

    June 23, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. gothorn

    -somebody posted this guy is a decorated war hero. he is a state mass murderer; killer of woman and children

    June 23, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. vee

    I know someone that is in the army. So I commend the general, because he has the guts to do what the rest of the cowards won't . What ever happened to free speech in this country. Its sad that people in the military cannot voice their opinion, of the job as most americans. Maybe Obama needs to take off his suit and put on a military uniform and get on the front lines in Iraq or afghanstan himself. To understand a situation, he needs to be on the front line walking in a pair of boots, then he can sit back and tell people on the front line, what they should and should not be doing, what they should and should not have as far as equipment. I know for a fact the American public would be appauled if they knew that soliders were doing with out proper equipment and supplies. America needs to wake up and start taking care of America. We need to be on watch in our own country, if we had then the situation with 911, nor BP would not have happened. People coming across the boarders at alarming rates and folks in the country arguing that they have rights to be here illegally. If its legal for illegals to be here and not pay a dime in taxes, then why is it illegal for the rest of us that are legals to pay taxes. we should have the same rights as the illegals. This country is too busy taking care of the rest of the world, while tax paying citizens are losing tjobs and homes, but who in the government, democrat or republican cares, no one. Free speech in this country is slowing being taken away, and most people are too brain washed to see it. If the general ran for any office, hes got my vote. It takes guts to stand up now days to what is right.

    June 23, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lake

    I suspect that McChrystal did this on purpose...

    June 23, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sir Loin

    The general should have been in handcuffs as soon as his boots hit US ground. He has totally undermined the mission of the troops, therefore automatically putting them in a disadvantage. Way to go dingus. This is nothing short of TREASON and should be dealth with as such. The mans rank should have been pulled and charged with violation of Article 88 of the Uniform Code Of Military Justice. All this talk of how great a soldier he is, if he was so great, he certainly would have not arrogantly defied Article 88. Good riddens to this trash.

    June 23, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. PatrioticAmerican

    I support President Obama in his position on dealing with this treasonous General. What message do you think this kind of conduct sends to our troops and to our enemies? Thank you for your service General, but it's time for you to go.

    June 23, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. VCMD

    President Obama has no clue about what he is doing in Afghanistan. Remember that he became the President promising to get us out of Iraq and focus on Afghanistan. He blasted Iraq war when it was going badly. Bush against all opinion polls, increased the army size in Iraq and turned the war around. Obama had no clue about the ground realities in Afghanistan and like a school boy he moved General McChrystal to Afghanistan and thought that alone was enough to win the war. But he did not support General's hard work in Afghanistan. He made another military person Ambassador of Afghanistan who was sabotaging General McChrystal's hard work. His cronies alienated all Afghanistan allies including Karzai's. Remember that they tried hard for Karzai to lose the election. They don't understand that in war you can't choose the allies and need to work with what you have. His white house wimps were trying to extend their Social Engineering strategy in Afghanistan with no clue of ground realities and no real experience. When McChrystal asked for 60000 more troops he was given 30000 for a few months with unrealistic timeliness as President Obama wanted to please his anti-war crowd and also wanted to show that he was supporting the troops. By the time these troops arrive in Afghanistan and get acquainted it would be time for them to go. His cronies can open their mouth in public whenever they want, commenting on the war in Afghanistan and President Karzai and thus undermine the war in Afghanistan. General McChrystal was crucified for venting his frustration in private which is common in any country, organization, military etc. President Obama should as well concede defeat in Afghanistan and withdraw troops from there as protecting his cronies is more important to him then accepting the harsh truth. With this kind of priorities our defeat in Afghanistan is assured. Pulling out now will at least save the lives of our troops and stop this farce.

    June 23, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. smithaz

    alot of you people scare me. who's the other guy in the photo.

    June 23, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. GeorgeM

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    June 23, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Annexian

    He should have said: "Resign!? An enlisted man can't just resign, PRIVATE!"

    June 23, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
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