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. Raymond Brock

    Bingo, Harry. The most important part about the United States in wartime is civilian control over the military. Obama had no choice. It's so obvious: the bleaters above are either racists who can't handle a black president, or idiots who love war because they simply want to kill people. That's it. That's the republican party any more. Insecure and brutal.

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

      Hey, when did you slip through the border?

      June 23, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • whatever

      Mainehuner, like I said, go back to your roach heap. You mind is a waste of space, and you are a mouthpiece for the right wing idiots who really have no place in this country... Loser...

      June 23, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Smith

    Great job Obama. He left you no choice. Don't listen to these right wing idiots. They all though Bush did a great job. Their opinions should be taken with a grain of salt.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mark

    He deserved everything he got. No general is above the president. the President does not blast his commanders in public. alot of who have repsonded have no military time and then those who said the president was not done a thing what have the cronies of Bush and Dick hav down but cover there A hole> they sound more Lady Glen Beck, and the FOX crew. Like Tom is at home looking at HSN with depends on get a life> Like that Ms Shanna Hanity On Fox>

    June 23, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mainehunter

      Yeah, and we are one nation under God until Obama fires God too. Soon we will be one nation under Allah

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

      Maine... Doesn't Allah mean God?? Are you high or just stupid?

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

    Both Obama and McChrystal are involved with the Council on Foreign Relations. They are on the same team. There is more to this than appears. This move reeks of a strategic move coming down the pike. What that move is, I am not sure.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mike

    Wow, some amazing comments.
    Generals are to implement the policy/political will of their government. Generals (at least in the USA) do not make policy, nor are they insubordinate to their commander in chief. When generals show lack of respect for their civilian leadership, or start to think they've got all the answers and do not need to listen to their civilian bosses, then it's time for the generals to retire. This is a big part of what distinguishes this country (and the UK) from many others.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ray Mackessy

    I agree with the President's decision, but one thing frightens me about our overall policy. I keep thinking back to the times when President Johnson and Secretary McNamara were calling the shots (picking the targets) from the oval office during the Vietnam War. I hope the current strategy doesn't mimick those times.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. memphistiger

    As Harry Truman possibly said concerning General MacArthur, "He can do that to Harry Truman, but not to his Commander-in-Chief." President Obama did what was right, period.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Chad

    I hope that everyone realizes a couple of things about this:

    1. This had to be done. As a General officer, he should not criticize the CiC publicly like that. He is supposed to implement policy....not make it.

    2.The President cannot have a dissident running a war that this country is involved in. By dissident i mean someone who dissents with the CiC's decisions and plans.

    3. This is not the first time that something like this happened. Gen. Douglas McArthur was dismissed for a very similar action. Actually his was less serious as his criticism of President Truman was not done in public like this, but rather in a letter that was discovered and made public.

    People have to realize that when you join the armed forces, you basically give up a right to free speech. You give up a right to dissent with your leaders and voice that opinion publicly.
    You are given a chain of command to follow, and unless you are given an illegal order, then you are to follow it to the letter without hesitation.

    I applaud Gen.McChrystal for his service over the years and his accomplishments in the war to date, however whether or not it was him that made the comments or his aides, he knew that a leader is responsible for the actions of his subordinates and took responsibility for his actions, and it cost him his career.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jeff

    Obama will be a one term looser even bigger than Carter. All you libs with the "Messiah" complex only have to look at the numbers and the fact the #1 issue (the Economy) is, and continues to be, in the toilet (and its not Bush's fault anymore).
    It's a pretty good bet Obama will be a lame duck come November anyway.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      If Obama does get reelected, will you acknowledge that your 'expertise' isn't as sound as you make it out to be? You probably said Obama was going to lose to McCain as well....right? You probably voted for the old fart too.... all this partisan fighting is hilarious. Blinded by your colours instead of what's right... no different then bloods and crips who actually get heated about a man wearing the 'wrong' color.So lame. At least Palin got a boob job.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mike

    You had better not disagree with this administration, even though they are wrong with regard to just about everything!

    Obama will go down as the worst president of all time.

    When you are so wrong that people who normally would never say anything feel the need to say something you should look at yourself and at least consider how wrong you may be. Or I guess you could just surround yourself with yes men who will just tell you what you want to hear which is how it will be from this point further.

    This is not good for America!
    Arrogance from our leaders is not good for America.
    America is in trouble!

    June 23, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. DALG

    Find it funny when I see many people (most that I bet, never serve in the military) jumping to defend someone who was clearly in the wrong. Why should a commissioned officer should be held to less of a standard than everyone else in our service? We all volunteer to be in the military and knew what we got ourselves into. If he didn't like the orders he was given he should have stood up and say so through the chain of command instead of acting like some sport athlete and using the media. Let be honest if any us where a boss and an employee embarrasses you and your company there is no way this person would keep his job. As far concerned any one who defend this person does so for their own purposes (i.e. hate the President cause he is Democrat, or cause he is black, or maybe because of both).

    June 23, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kristen

      I do believe racism is alive and well in the US of A. Sad state of affairs.

      -Signed a white woman who voted for and supports MY president.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      You forgot one reason: Disagree with the president because he is a bumbling incompetent, if not an outright liar. Has nothing to do with his race or his political party. Sorry to disappoint you.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • DALG

      You didn't disappoint me. Everyone has their own opinion and as I can see some don't pay attention or don't know how to read. I.E. is short hand for "in example." Did I cover all the reasons why people don't like the current President? Absolutely not. I be typing this comment for a year, I just took the the biggest two reasons I seen here.
      But talking stupid and liars I hope you agree that most politicians share both of these traits. All I was saying you can't defend what General McChrystal did and that the people who do are doing for ulterior motives (i.e. discredit the President, or the government, or both).

      June 23, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Razor

    It is Obama that should resign! He has no idea as to what is going on in Afghanistan. A president should let the military do what it is trained to do. Fight and get rid of the bad guys! Obama has no military training and does not understand what the brass in the military is faced with as to the war task. A stupid mistake. It is McCrystal that is the hero here!

    June 23, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. James

    I am a military veteran. I served in the Army from 1968 to 1974. It is regrettable that this statement made the press. I am sure he believes Obama is out of the loop, and he may well be. One thing we need to remember here is that when politicans play games to save their reputations, good soldiers die. The people on the ground in the war zones know what they need. A politican sitting in Washington must cater to many crowds and public opinion. I vote we give the military everything they need so they can finish the task they were sent to do. Someday maybe there will be no need for another US military person to die in a far away land. Pray for peace, but don't punish our military forces.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Former Soldier

    While I am at a loss to understand General McChrystal's recent words, our country owes this man a debt which will never be repaid. He has led US Forces in the war against the worst terrorists in the world, in a professional and effective manner, showing great leadership. While it will take some time to understand the context and intent of his comments, that does not lessen the debt owed to this great man.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Former Soldier: I am currently serving in the Army and your post is the best one I have read (most are garbage, either mindless Obama bashing or ignorant comments about General McChrystal). General McChrystal's comments were inappropriate & he owned up to that fact. 99% of his service to this country has been exemplary, but that 1% will bite you in the butt (especially when you hold such a high level position).

      For all of you individuals in this thread who have taken this opportunity to disparage our President or a 4-star General with mindless rhetoric your comments are 100X worse than anything General McChrystal or his staff said.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • DALG

      @ Scott
      I completely agree with your and Former Soldier comments. Hindsight it's always 20/20. Easy to be an armchair leader where you can just throw stones under fake names. Hecklers and whiners should volunteer in the military and see what we see and do what we do. And does who don't like who like the President please shut up if the job were easy then any one could do it. But it isn't and it doesn't help anyone to be chopping the President at the knees all the time.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • geoffrey

      Please!!!!!!!!!!!!....ARTIClE 88....America doesn't owe him anything!!! He gets an LES every month....what about the dead soldiers...Stop the America white wash please......Anarchy cannot exist in the armed forces!!!

      June 23, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kristen

    No one is irreplaceable. No one. Why is anyone surprise by this. And, folks seriously, the Obama blaming/bashing–old. Very old.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
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