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. Faye

    I agree with the general's resignation and President Obama's acceptance of it. I work for a medical organization and there is no way a person could say the kinds of things the general said to a widely read news magazine and not get fired. No organization will accept insubordinate behavior.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Nik

    @ALL... That Reporter is the WORST TRAITOR of our country. He is the MORE danger than ANY enemy we face! Those who support that reporter and RS magazines are the BIGGEST Traitors as well.

    PS:Rollin Stone will be happy to get Ex General free subscription!!!

    June 23, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nik

      There is no Patriotism in this country...SAD

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

      I'm home from my second tour in Iraq. I love Rolling Stone magazine and so do a lot of the guys I've been fighting with over there. They'll get a kick out of knowing that some civilian on CNN is claiming they're traitors for being subscribers.

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

      Dave, then tell your mates to org a protest againt RS! just let RS know to have that reports off the payroll. Thats what I would call Patriotism...

      June 23, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Iss100eric

    Have the President's critics forgotten that the course of action in Afghanistan is that proposed by General McChrystal; that's why he was chosen for the job. Unfortunately, General McChrystal was already given multiple chances to rehabilitate himself after several major judgment errors; errors that would have for others been career ending, yet he didn't learn. Hopefully his replacement will do better. The speculation that he deliberately leaked the information so get his thoughts out to the public borders on the nonsensical. If that was his intent it further solidifies his lack of judgment;; he should have resigned than stood up like a man an said his piece.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Shar

    Obviously not many of you understand how the military works. What he did was "conduct unbecoming good conduct and military discipline". A good soldier does not talk to the press – ever. President Obama had it exactly right. He will tolerate disagreements within his inner circle but not dissention. General McChrystal, by his unthinking and selfish actions, has not only undermined his Commander-in Chief, the entire population of the United States and his soldiers who lay their lives on the line every day in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the world, he has also shown a clear image to the rest of the world – including our enemies, that he did not have the cojones to tackle his Commander in Chief directly about anything. How can he now be an effective leader if he can't control his own actions? What a message he has sent. No wonder people from other countries think that America is on a downward slope. Sad day.

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

      Agreed. And we , American, should HATE that Reporter to his death!

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

    This general at 0-10 and 75 percent retirement pay gets 160 grand a year. That means that for the rest of his life he gets this much (or more with inflation).

    If anybody thinks this is a punishment you are quite dim. I wouldn't be surprised if he jumps into politics next. The general who went against obama? Next GOP superstar.

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

      He voted for President Obama. Would he run against him now for the Democrat ticket?

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

    I saw this seetvpc [dot] com. Unbelievable. Is he going to collect unemployment benefits?

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

      retirement benefits. 160 grand a year. Plus full medical.

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

      LOL!

      June 23, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kevin in Oly

    I'm a 22 year vet. Every soldier who has a brain knows that the government sets the policy and the military executes. McChrystal should be relieved, if not for insubordination, than for abject stupidity for giving an interview to Rolling Stone magazine. What? Did he think the story wouldn't be published? Did he mistake Rolling Stone for the American Spectator? If this is the kind of judgment he displays, he shouldn't be in charge of the war. Now lets sit back and wait for all the Obama haters to spew their venom.

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

      Thanks. Hope Obama Haters read your post, think for a while, and do whats right for America and Not just to please Palin!!!

      June 23, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Charlie

    unfortunatly I agree with stepping down he made a mistake He Will be able to retire with high 3 yrs of services
    at least he was not afraid to speak his mind Most generals are yes men

    June 23, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. James

    The General should NOT have been relieved of his command......NOBAMA should have accepted his apology and let the General handle the people who made those statements, which to my understanding, he did by firing the media guy. The ONLY person who should have resigned is NOBAMA.....you know HUSSEIN......YOUR beloved president.....because he damn sure isn't mine! He is going to destroy this country.....and making decisions like this one just proves it!!! The man has never been in a uniform and has NO RIGHT being Commander-In-Chief. That should be a pre-requisite to running for the Presidency, but it isnt, so life goes on.......until NOBAMA decides to resign........this country will continue to free fall into obscurity....but I digress....

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

      Being fired isn't the same as tendering your resignation. Which is what Gen McChrystal did.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin in Oly

      You can keep digressing.

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

      @James, hope u had this much affection for your family...they would love you so much you would not have time to come to cnn n show us that your are mentally retard.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bah

    Really? 30 years of service? You wonder how the good general got to where he was. If it was by usurping authority and making snide comments of his commanders along the way it gives a glimpse of the sorry state of affairs of how our military is being run. Nothing less than a resignation is acceptable. A public apology to those he spoke of, I think, should also be required. The guy is just stupid if he thought that using the Rolling Stone to air his grievances was a smart career move . . .

    June 23, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Diane

    The president needs to realize that some people do actually make fun of him and his VP, and quit firing them over it. Is Obama embarassed that he was portrayed to be floundering when talking to his military? It was only to be expected considering his lack of military knowledge. Get a backbone, Sir, and quit firing good workers because you don't like what they say about you.

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

      You have never served! If you did you would have realized you do not allow those things to be said!

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

      Um, my husband has been in the military for almost 20 years, and just re-enlisted. You don't fire the people running the war that you are unable to run because they make fun of you. I can remember a few remarks our VP has said too. This is all about posturing.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nik

      @Daine...CERTAIN people has RESPONSIBILITY and thats why they r where they r. They can not just say things left n right to anyone at anytime at their wish...and in the Uniform, if you can not judge something like this, its a SAD end.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cranky Military Fella

    Just a note for everyone, read the article before you make your comments. He said nothing different from what military and civilian say all day everyday. The only change is he said it knowing what he was talking about, and said it to peopls faces.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. retiredusaf

    To all the "let's blame bush" you forget, the current President ran on the promise of putting our "eyes" back on the ball, that being Afghanistan. Therefore the burden of "war" policy is on this administration, not the military or previous administration. I take that as acceptance of the Afghanistan war by this administration. If there is a failed policy towards Afghanistan, it is not the military, it's the administration, since the administration and the CINC control the military and all policy is made by the administration.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bitmetal

    I would have accepted his resignation too; that is just sound management policy anywhere. It has nothing to do with freedom of speech. Why is it that when some idiot can't defend Obama, they attack Bush instead? There is more proof that Obama was born in Kenya than in the US, which makes him a criminal, holding the post of President. Why is it still a question...if he born in the US, why not show his proof? By the way, Bush was born in the US, and has proof. Perhaps somebody like McCain would actually try to bring the people responsible for 911 to justice, rather than protect and defend them like Obama is doing.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Geosuicide

      You have got to be kidding me! Seriously – you are REALLY going to go off on the Obama birth certificate nonsense? Don't you have ANYTHING better to do? Anyone who takes that seriously is laughable and deserves not to be paid attention to. His Birth Certificate has been made public, it has been accepted by the Congress and is valid!

      What about when Bush stole the Presidency? (Florida recount anyone?)

      Seriously guy, you are only making yourself look like a fool. If you really believe that birth certificate nonsense and you actually debate that with people, it only shows your level of ignorance. If someone actually tried to argue that with me, I would simply leave that conversation because you can't argue with a fool.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Montel

      You sir, are a morn. "Never argue witha moron, they will just drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience!"

      June 23, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jeff

    And of course, to be fair and balanced, the main stream media quoted the Talaban spokesperson on why the general should go too.....

    June 23, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
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