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. KGH

    This was a pure case of insubordination. The President had no choice but to fire the General.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jessica

    I WONDER IF HE HAD PURCHASED THE TICKETS FOR THE "TEA BAGGER EXPRESS" YET?

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

    Now, because it was Obama, it is okay for a General, who works for the Commander-in-Chief, to make disparaging remakrs about the VP and President, but if it was during Bush's reign, the conservatives would have wanted the guy shot.

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

      in the name of Jesus....LoL

      June 23, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lee

      Mark, if that was bush, all you guys would be parading him as an American Hero and ran the story 24/7 on CNN.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • jchill

      totally agree. When it's not "their"guy in the big chair, the rules all change. Just check out the video of Michele Bachmann (R-MN) one day calling the $20B BP fund "extortion" and the next day saying its all good. amazing

      June 23, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. FreeWilly

    Obummer is a lying piece of slime...
    earlier today he said he hadn't made up his mind, it's clear he had.
    Lives will be lost because of Obongo's big ego...

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

      More lives lost? Grow up and spare everyone your political BS.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tom

    Obama does not like the US military, never did. He is cusing the feelings to become very mutual ! He is extremely egotistical and impeachment should be strongly considered !!

    June 23, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. OregonDon

    now he can return to that bar in Paris and drink and rant and rave all he wants

    June 23, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Glenn

    This is the root of the problem at the core of our government and country. We build someone up, give them the world, then the second they have an opinion we swat them like a fly. McChrystal took the time and effort to work his way to a postion few will ever see.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Montel

      Yes, and he abused that position in a way that few ever will!

      June 23, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Fed up Democrat

    This is getting bad.... Don't DARE say anything bad about the Pres and crew, or Rahm will have your hide.....

    June 23, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Waytogo

      You are as much a Democrat as Dick Cheney. This General should have been fired regardless of who is president.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Gene K.

    ok everyone...get back to work.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mike in San Antonio

    JohhnyPro – Obviously, you know nothing about the military, CoC, rank structure, etc. Dolt. Yes, Gen McChrystal screwed up, yes, he tendered his resignation, yes he will most likely retire, but you do not "bust him down to buck private"...and only an imbecile would make a statement like that.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. NavySailor

    Mike – I went to Iraq three times and this is NOT Hitler's military, let's get that one out of the way – dissenting voices and opinions are ok but the good general had no business voicing his in front of his subordinates, let alone a magazine. How's Obama destorying America? He inherited this war, I know what I am saying – I'm not your average former military member, I'll keep it at that – we simply had no business in Iraq.

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

      no bussiness in iraq period

      June 23, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike in San Antonio

      I was in for over 21+ years; the General made a stupid error in judgement. We who have served know that while we protect freedom of speech, we do not have it. We can say what we want in private and behind closed doors...and we should, however, in the public eye, we do not; specially in a left wing rag like Rolling Stone. As to the wars...we should have been out of them both long ago and let the damn tribes kill each other willy nilly.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • fomer soldier

      Well said mike in San ton

      June 23, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jon

    WORST...IDEA...EVER! Can't believe they let McChrystal give his resignation from that position. "OH NOEZ HE MADE JOKES ABOUT PPL! BAAAAAAAAAAAAW" Hope you enjoy taking a gigantic step back in Afghanistan. It's ok...gives me more time to deploy there a few more times.

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

      "ask not what you can do for your country – ask what your country can do for you".OBAMA!!!!

      June 23, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tom

    Actually the general said nothing about the president.... 3rd hand comments from his staff were aimed at our bumbling VP and our Afghan ambassador.

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

      Actually he did and he was also present when his subordinates made similar comments, which also makes him guilty under article 88. If you really served, which I'm sure was a lie, you would know this.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • fomer soldier

      If you had ever served in the millitary you would have read and understood article 88 of UCMJ. But that is if you knew what UCMJ was!

      June 23, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rusty57

    I agree with those who say the general should be removed from his post. The president is the commander-in-chief and if the general feels the president, or his staff, are making mistakes the press is not the place to discuss such matters. I have tremendous respect for this general, and all who serve their country, but discipline must be maintained. The general did the honorable thing. Good for him.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. George Bright

    I'm a bit disappointed – I would have preferred to see the commander in chief refuse his letter of resignation and then relieved him of duty. In the end the same effect but it would have sent a very different message.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • fomer soldier

      Good Point!

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