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. a1b5jj

    Yet another example of how Americans 'CANT HANDLE THE TRUTH'. Too bad this brouhahah will mask the real points of the article, that there is no 'military solution' here and that if Americans were paying even slight attention, i.e. if there were any actual news organizations left with real reporters, then the support for the 'war' would be even less. How will the treasonous Murdoch/Ailes and his fascists at Fox spin this to make Obama look anti-American I wonder?

    June 23, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Montel

      @a1b5jj; The point of the article is that a three star General was either directly or indirectly fostering a climate that was disrespectful to the civilian chain of command. The fact that he himself made disparaging comments about a diplomat and said nothing when his subordinate did the same, showed that he not only found this behavior acceptable, but he encouraged it as well.

      June 23, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sher

    onuricle – military dislikes him because he is a wimp and has spent more time with other countries bowing and asking for forgiveness.

    Democracy first – where is the proof that Bush lied about WMD. Is it not possible he acted on the intelligence that he was given – by an intelligence community broken by Clinton unfunding Defense?

    garc – Strategy is his but the resources are not provided. The General needed more troops – still does – it took this guy months to make a decision on the troop increase. Then he gave an increase but not what was needed – and then openly stated they would be pulling out on date he pulled from his A$$. That works – enemy just sits and waits.

    Bottom-line: General has every right to defend his troops and question his boss – just made a mistake of doing it in an interview instead of to his face. What we don't know is if the General did to his face and finally got to a point where he had to go public fully knowing he was ending his career.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shamrock6

      Sometimes it's better to remain silent and be thought stupid than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. You clearly represent the shallow end of the gene pool. Where is the proof that Bush lied about WMD's? Wow. Bush is the worst President this country has ever had...period. Not even remotely close. He is a criminal. For you to call the sitting President a wimp shows how much character you have. Isn't there a cleanup on aisle 5 you need to attend to?

      June 23, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • sheppard

      And Shamrock – obviously another 'citizen' who has never serviced, but knows all the answers.

      June 23, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lisa

    Mainehunter, you're proving yourself to be one racist, ignorant piece of garbage on this feed. "A mexican would be a better president than Obama"? "press one for spanish"?
    The only unAmerican I hear jabbering away is YOU. And people like you. You're about as unAmerican as they come and the sooner you shut up, the better off we'll all be. Consider doing that please...lest your children grow up to be idiots just like you.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Graham

      Right on Lisa!

      June 23, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • whatever

      Lisa, you were too nice to the little roach!

      June 23, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Iss100eric

    The lack of respect General McChrystal permitted his staff to display for the civilian leadership is both incomprehensible and unacceptable. Everyone who has actively served knows the necessity of the chain of command and respect for leadership. It's the old saw, "if you disagree, show the courage of your convictions and resign." He did not and his disrespect has probably caused significant harm, up to and including the deaths of some soldiers. He reqyires more of his troops than he requires of hisself and staff and in so doing, General McChrystal has shown himself to be unfit for command.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      If anyone is causing deaths of our soldiers, it's the politicians, lead by you know who. Don't criticize his policies, though, because as we all know, Obama knows more about running the army than a mere general.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Donald

    Obama is a whiner – he got to fire a general to look tough to his minions.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • BrianCNN

      Well, that's how they're trying to spin it now. The President didn't fire the general. The general resigned voluntarily to protect the Presidency and America from a scandal created by one of his staff members (his director of strategic communications). The General fired the StratCom director and then took responsibility for the failure of his subordinates. That sounds like basic leadership to me, but takes real courage to actually act upon it.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stevie J

      Read the article,
      "McChrystal briefly explained the magazine article at the center of the controversy and took responsibility, then offered his resignation. Obama accepted the resignation"
      Obama did NOT fire him, he resigned......

      June 23, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • StopThat

      Brian and Stevie above clearly have trouble reading between the lines. Are you both really this naive? The General had two options: 1) "Voluntarily" offer his resignation, or 2) Allow himself to be fired, court martialed, and dishonorable discharged for violating several articles of the UCMJ. The President mercifully allowed him to exercise option #1 because of his many years of brave and loyal service to his country.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • BrianCNN

      How many people do you know that have been dishonorably discharged from the military? Do you know why they were dishonorably discharged? And do you think the controversy caused by second-hand statements in an article in Rolling Stone magazine rises to this level?

      June 23, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Thats the way it goes

    Politicians send soldiers to do their bidding, and then expect particular results. It's like painting with a hammer. You can do it but why? Armies are built to destroy our enemies not build nations. It is like the same thing over and over again anyone in DC read history or the Art of War. Yeah we needed to take out Afghanistan to make it clear we will not tolerate being attacked here. But then what, years and years of war where no one has ever won since Khan???

    Gen. Stanley McChrystal is out spoken and a Hero. His assertions are correct, and no one in DC is talking victory. Let's shore up whats left of the governments over there, and pull out. Yeah Iraq and Afghanistan will fail into chaos and turn into strong holds for terrorists, and we can bomb them again, but no more protracted wars. PS do you see any Middle Eastern Countries trying to help?

    June 23, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Josh in DC

    A real leader would welcome public criticism and use it constructively, not pout and punish the critic. Just another disappointing decision from a disappointing presidency.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Montel

      Josh, what is disappointing is your lack of knowledge on this subject. The general violatged basic principals of leadership which is to set the example. He allowed and participated in being disrespectful towrds superiors. In the end, he knew he must resign and nothing else was acceptible.

      June 23, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. retiredusaf

    First of all let me say I spent 25 years in the Armed Services of this country. I retired, rather than serve under this President. With that said, he did what was correct. As for those of you that say he was insubordinate, you are wrong. The General was following orders, as we all do in the service of our country. What he was doing was questioning the administrations "heart" in winning this war. Also, he will retire with full rank

    June 23, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stevie J

      "Rather than serve under this president" So you support the moron that got us into this situation in the first place?

      June 23, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Anti-Religious

    When you open your mouth as a 4-star general in charge of winning a war, and basically state that he has no faith in his own country's leader (no matter who he is), and thinks it's funny, time to retire. Besides, the AFGHANISTAN mission would've ACTUALLY BEEN ACCOMPLISHED, had that retard GW done the right thing in the first place.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • whatever

      GWB basically lost Afghanistan because he was so wrapped up in lying so he could go after Saddam. I would so love to move the Bush supporter idiots out of this country. They are posers, and are the most disgusting, unpatriotic, hypocrites there are.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Stevie J

    To all the Obama haters out there, you seem to to forget that "W" had no military experience either, his presidency was the biggest joke ever put over on the American people. You all seem to think that Obama was going to step in and make things right overnight, that cannot happen, it took "W" 8 years to destroy the country, it will take Obama at least that long to undo what "W" did. I totally support Obama for accepting the resignation, what was in the interview should not have been said and that is that. He resigned, whether or not Obama would have removed him, we won't know...but he stepped down & Obama did the right thing by accepting it and finding a replace immediately.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      "W" was in the military, Einstein. Obama never was, which gives you an idea of how much he knows about waging war.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Freedom Czar

      Excuse me – but W was in the National Guard and is a trained fighter pilot. Get your facts straight, Dud(e)

      June 23, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • retiredusaf

      Stevie J, you are incorrect. "W" was in the AF reserves, and that's a lot more than our current CINC and many who are in this administration. I do, however, i won't get into name calling as you do. Your experience in these matters are very limited. If you choose to call me or those like me names, so be it. However, if you would like to have a discussion we can continue.

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

      Yes ... George W. Bush DID serve in the military during the Vietnam War – in the Texas Air National Guard, an excellent billet if you wanted to fly jets and not have to go to Vietnam.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry

      YOu are wrong Stevie, According to Obama, 2010 we would be drawing down. He told tjhe American public what they wanted to hear but that isn't any surprise because telling the truth during elecltions will get you fired. YOu are right about W Bush however, but i saw his problems coming when Colon Powell resigned because of disagreement over the War in Iraq.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Wyatt

    Did General McCrystal resign his comission or just his post?

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

      Three and Four Star general positions are Presidential appointments. You are appointed to a position and the rank comes along with it. If there is no longer a job for you, you must leave the military.

      This is different than any of the lower ranks. There you get selected for promotion based on the needs of the military service and are then assigned to a position based on what's available.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jim

    McChrystal for President!

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

      You are an idiot Jim.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      If Obama were a Republican making this same decision Jim would probably be all for it. Jim is real winner.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Wayne

    This was the only possible outcome. If one of McChrystal's direct reports made disparaging remarks about him in the public media that person would either be asked to resign or be demoted to a much lower rank. The same holds true for any chain of command, both civilian and military.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sara

    Shamrock6...... nicely said!! lol...............crickets still chirping...............

    June 23, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Chris N.

    After "the chosen one", Obama, gets what he wants, he will imprison anyone who speaks out against him. Hmm, sounds like another Fascist leader we know just South of Miami.. It's true that the general should have never publicly made those comments about our leader, but I hope this did take Obama's arrogance down just a notch or two because I am about sick of his leftist, inexperienced agenda. Oops, I guess for saying that I will have to resign.

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

      But "W" had more experience right?

      June 23, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      You sound so intelligent, Chris.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • tall beauty98

      Chris N there's a significant differences between arrogance & confident. Obama is truly INTELLIGENT W. is a DUMB idiot!!!!

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

      What you REALLY mean is that you are a racist, bigoted idiot.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • grumpygus

      Yes, Obama WAS chosen – by more than 50% of the electoral vote and more than 50% of the popular vote. Second, McChrystal didn't get imprisoned. He resigned to maintain what was left of his professional dignity, probably knowing he would have been relieved had he not handed in his resignation. Third, neither of the Castro brothers are Fascist – they are Communist.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Graham

      Chris, your internet privileges are revoked... You can only make 3 utterly stupid, foot-in-mouth comments per post. You exceeded your per posting quota. You will be ignored now.

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

      Chris you speak volumes! Unfortunatly they are the same volumes that are spouted out by the rest of the morons that need to be sent to another country. A country that needs unpatriotic posers like yourself...

      June 23, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael in Houston

      Chris..just out of curiosity...what color is the sky in your world?

      June 23, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
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