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June 22, 2010

Tonight on Larry King Live!

Posted: 07:00 PM ET

Can Kevin Costner Save the Gulf?

The Oscar winner says he’s got solutions to help clean up the Gulf Coast oil disaster!  He tells Larry about teaming up with BP to put his water-cleaning machines to the test!

Plus!

Gen. McChrystal under fire for comments made about President Obama.  He's being recalled to Washington for a meeting with the President.  Will those comments cost him his job?

And!

A primetime exclusive with a man who amputated his own arm to save his life!

Do you think General McChrystal should be fired over his comments about President Obama?

 

Weigh in below!

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Smith in Oregon   June 22nd, 2010 7:17 pm ET

Gen. McChrystal should immediately be forced to resign in disgrace. Gen. McChrystal's shake and bake Afghanistan troops and regional governors is Marjah (the first test) was not a lasting success, it was a failure! The UK and NATO commanders from day one stated the 'shake and bake' strategy would FAIL.

The troops under Gen. McChrystal are very unhappy with Gen. McChrystal's rules of engagement (ROE's) and want Gen. McChrystal to resign immediately.

The indepth Rolling Stone article indicates Gen. McChrystal's own staff strongly dislikes the commander in chief (President Obama), and thinks very ill of Obama's staff, cabinet members and even the Afghanistan US Ambassador himself. The only person Gen. McChrystal liked in the current administration was Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Gen. McChrystal's staff are simply echoing how their boss is saying everyday among them and should be pushed to resign immediately and be pushed into retirement in disgrace thereafter.

Gen. McChrystal's remarks and those of his own staff could easily be seen as utterly treasonous. Such remarks encourage a military coup and President Obama should bear that in mind and fire Gen. McChrystal or accept his resignation immediately.


Smith in Oregon   June 22nd, 2010 7:21 pm ET

China got the huge Iraqi Oil contracts for pennys on the dollar, Mission Accomplished Bush jr. time to bring home all US Military Troops from Iraq AND continue to stage and plan for US Military troop removal from Afghanistan in July 2011.

Mission Accomplished Bush sr., Bush jr., time to bring our troops home!


Nancy Hargrove   June 22nd, 2010 7:45 pm ET

No, the General was speaking the truth as he sees it. If we fire everyone who disagrees with our President, we will hear the giant sucking sound of some of our most competent civil servants being canned.


Fabrian Wilson   June 22nd, 2010 8:10 pm ET

i have a suggestion ,
why don't BP and the US government use a military SMART BOMB which could target that pipe with a tracking device or whatever kind of devices they use to track a military smart bomb down that pipe to implode to watever depth they want causing the oil well to imploade on itself.


David   June 22nd, 2010 8:13 pm ET

David says:
June 22, 2010 at 4:54 pm
Larry,
I'm sure it took Gen. McChrystal many years of learned experience to feel comfortable in his own shoes, for him to charactorize and demean the President of the United States in such a way, shows his arrogance and lack of respect. If he talks this way about his own President. And can't show respect towards his own President, I can only imagine how he would treat his own troops, citizens and heads of government from other countries. He ruined his lifes work, over childish behavior. His talk about our President does not portray a good image to the world about our own government. Get rid of him !!!!


Bob Richardson   June 22nd, 2010 8:15 pm ET

Hi,

I know BP wouldn't like this but has anyone thought of sending a charge down to blow up the leak?

Thanks,


Bob   June 22nd, 2010 8:24 pm ET

Larry, please ask Kevin how his devise compares to the Troy Aikman/Drew Bledsoe ECOSPHERE Units that I keep seeing in the press. Why not use both?


Sherry   June 22nd, 2010 8:50 pm ET

If Obama fires Gen McCrystal tomorrow I wonder if he will lose the hearts and minds of every U.S. soldier serving in Afghanistan?


Elvis10mm   June 22nd, 2010 9:04 pm ET

Obama needs Stan the Man more than Stan needs him.


J. Crockett   June 22nd, 2010 9:06 pm ET

Larry - No one has even discussed the possibility that this was a strategy Mchrystal took took in order to get the conversation on Afghanistan going, irrespective of the fall out or personal consequences. This guy is a 4Star general. He's no dummy, nor are the people on his staff. The reporter from Rolling Stone had unprecedented access for long periods of time. And, there's a report I found on Google that Eric Bates (RS Managing Editor) told Koe Scarborough on MSNBC that McChrystal and his staff had a look at the article during the fact checking phase and had no objections to the content. I think this potential scenario should be broached and discussed.


Mark   June 22nd, 2010 9:07 pm ET

Larry – you have a Captain and a LTC debating about a four star – you call them experts – shame on you.


Julie Lagourney   June 22nd, 2010 9:08 pm ET

I have a great idea about the HAY BALES for the Gulf Oil.

Have all the lower 48 states mow the roads right-of-ways with the old square HAY BALERS and make bales from the tall grass along the road ways. It maks great bales!!! Then have them picked up by some truckers and sent to the GULF COAST to soak up the oil and burned!

I know you can use the old HAY BALES from farms also but that grass a couple of times a year that gets mowed is just a waste. You might as well make a nice bale to soak up some oil or use for something than just wasting away. I know a few PRISONERS here in VA that would be glad to load them on the trucks.. lol.

Julie


Chaney, La.   June 22nd, 2010 9:08 pm ET

Hey people i told you Oil is King in louisiana, Yahoo News has an article titled... Judge who overturned drilling moratorium reported owning stock in drilling companies"
There is something called the Military code of conduct. McCrystal breached that code and should resign or be fired..... he is aloose cannon anyway this is not the first time he has had loose lips.... must be the "Poppy effect"


Jean   June 22nd, 2010 9:10 pm ET

It's McChristal clear... he should be fired!

Jean from Ottawa


Cleveland   June 22nd, 2010 9:11 pm ET

McChrystal mst GO!! His second act of Insobordination. This time it was personal and broad based. If Obama doesn" t fire him . I might be inclined to Say : The President is weak!!


Juanita Price   June 22nd, 2010 9:11 pm ET

What a crazy question, he should be fired immediately! How in the world can anyone in the armed forces disrespect the commanding officer? Get rid of him ASAP and his aides, they do not have any respect for authority. Yes, he was wrong and should resign or be fired.


J. Colman   June 22nd, 2010 9:11 pm ET

I agree that he went outside the chain of command and made some pretty bad calls on the interview but...what if he's right? I remember how the generals questioned Johnson during Vietnam and when it was all said and done pretty much everyone agreed that the civilian heads of the war made way too many bad calls. I hope that the President listens really hard to the General before he walks him out the door.


j rigozzi   June 22nd, 2010 9:12 pm ET

there is no reason for disrespect, especially to ones boss- the president of the united states. if Mc Cristal was treated with the same disrespect, the person would be out of the military. why is he any better for what he did to HIS BOSS


Kirk Golding   June 22nd, 2010 9:12 pm ET

No boss should fire an employee for speaking against him or her, leaders should be able to take a subordinates disagreements, evaluate and press on – good or bad. Time has come for the end of narcissus leaders!


carl nelson   June 22nd, 2010 9:13 pm ET

Gen. McChrystal should not be fired. He is doing a great job with what he has to work with. Also don't forget what he is fighting for ........freedom of speech???

Thank you
Carl
Wisconsin


Rainie   June 22nd, 2010 9:13 pm ET

I don't think McCrystal should resign or be fired. He said one thing about Holbrook. It's not in the best interests of our troops or winning this war to let him go right now.


Nan   June 22nd, 2010 9:14 pm ET

I think President Obama should take a look at how Harry Truman handled another General who thought he was smarter than the President. There should be no exceptions made to who's in charge. President Obama IS Commander and Chief.


teresa morelen   June 22nd, 2010 9:14 pm ET

maybe Gen McChrystal did not use his best judgement on getting his opinion'sout there but what happened to freedom of speech? maybe he was getting no where trying to get his idea's through the chain of command and felt he had no other choice. What about Cheney and the things he has said about our current President.


J. Crockett   June 22nd, 2010 9:15 pm ET

The captain on your show is a member of the same organization that shamelessly used a member of the Louisiana National Guard to politicize the oil spill clean up under the auspices of lowering our dependence on foreign oil. A TV ad shows the Guardsman saying at the top, "I didn't join the National Guard to clean up oil."


Smith in Oregon   June 22nd, 2010 9:15 pm ET

Fire Gen. McChrystal if Gen. McChrystal doesn't resign and retire in utter disgrace over his and his own staffs treasonous remarks against the very people he is working for, under and with in Afghanistan. Gen. McChrystal is very disliked by the boots on the ground actually doing Gen. McChrystal's failed 'shake and bake' strategy and being killed under Gen. McChrystal's ridiculous rules of engagement (ROE's).

Note to the failed Gen. McChrystal, the Marines on the ground think your rules of engagement amount to a army soldier being nothing but a fire hydrant in a dog park and if any Marine feels they are about to be harmed, engaged, or shot at They Open Up, and declare to hell with your ROE's Gen. McChrystal.

Gen. McChrystal's shake and bake strategy failed in Marjah which was the first application of his strategy! The UK and NATO Commanders in Afghanistan from day one stated Gen. McChrystal's strategy would be a failure and they were right!

No General of any moral or ethical integrity would give a Silver Star to a soldier KIA by his own troops and lie about what occurred. Yes, Gen. McChrystal gave Pat Tillman's body the Silver Star despite knowing he had been killed by his own troops! And it wasn't until a great deal of private investigations until it was uncovered that Pat Tillman was shot by his own troops and the officers in the field had acted in a less than competent manner leading up to his death.


Kim   June 22nd, 2010 9:16 pm ET

Fire him!! If I did that in my job I would be fired immediately. As a general you do not call your boss a wimp. Fire him, NOW!!


mrs dunbar   June 22nd, 2010 9:17 pm ET

the general knows what he is doing. he wants out, how else to save face, get fired


janice   June 22nd, 2010 9:20 pm ET

General McChrystal disrespected a commanding officer and should be fired for insubordination, period!!!


Sean   June 22nd, 2010 9:20 pm ET

Generals if not the military in general are a different breed of men designed for only one thing, war. If general McCrystal is that frustrated with what's going on in the war in Afghanistan then he shouldn't be selling it to a magazine. On the other hand he shouldn't have to go to Rolling Stone to issue a report. Pat Tillman's death makes most Americans especially me question military ambitions consideringthe reason for his death switched 3 distinctive times as to what the cause was. But I believe that the general is correct in his ideals that Biden's Afghanistan ambition is too "short term," depends on whether you take the optimist or pessimist route and it looks like the war isn't going to end soon.

*He doesn't need to resign but Obama is the leader an any decision he makes is absolute; he could use this oppurtunity to express authority especially after the BP situation but does he want to make the war in Afghanistan look like a scramble for power... No


PAIGE CHARGOIS   June 22nd, 2010 9:21 pm ET

The Lt. Col. firmly declared that if Gen. McCrystal's "men" had made these same kind of statements (I imagine about him), "He would have sacked them immediately!" How then, in heaven's name, can you not hold the general to the same standard?


Bobbie McClanahan   June 22nd, 2010 9:21 pm ET

I believe Gen. McChrystal should be treated as Gen. MacArthur was by President Harry S. Truman during the Korean War. General McChrystal and his staff , among others in this country, have shown an increasing disrespect for the office of the President of this country. They say they used misjudgement, and to a certain degree they did, but they need to be held accountable for their words. If an officer under their command said this they would not tolerate it.


Pbui   June 22nd, 2010 9:22 pm ET

Gen.Mc.crystal should be fired immediately! Can his soldiers dare to make some comments like that toward him? He can disagree with the Pres, but, he can't making some stupid remarks like that on paper.


g garvin   June 22nd, 2010 9:25 pm ET

The military has a little thing called the UMCJ – uniform military code of justice. Anybody that has served in uniform knows this and conduct unbecoming of an officer or enlisted man. It can be said that what was said by everybody is treason. If an enlisted man did this he would be in jail period. This man needs to fired and brought up on charges with his cabinet. Think what this looks like to the rest of the world? Are we complete wimps and have no control over our military? In some places in the world these men would be dead by now for speaking out against their Government. When you join the service you take an oath to back our Commander in Chief. The service is not a democracy and people know that going in.


Elsie Palmieri   June 22nd, 2010 9:26 pm ET

How DARE Gen. McChrystal insult President Obama and the Administration! who is Joe Biden? He is our Vice President! And his son fought in the war against terror! I am a strong believer that Gen. McChrystal needs to get FIRED! there is no way our administration can trust a man who has the nerve to bash our Commander and Chief! Our President trusted you with 30,000 troops and basically put his Presidency in your hands! your a jerk and you need to get FIRED and maybe then you will realize HOW DUMB A MISTAKE YOU MADE WHEN YOU EVER OPENED YOUR MOUTH ON THE ROLLING STONE!


Richard, Kankakee, IL.   June 22nd, 2010 9:31 pm ET

Dear Mr. President,

It is time to clean house, General McChrystal can no longer be trusted to do your will, and what is in the best interest of the American people. You have to remember that in the past that there was a General who was recruited to by those in big business, the banking system, and the military to institute a Coup, but he turned on them and told the American People. I think this man has designs that could harm the American People and allow him and the people who are backing him to assume control of the country by force of arms. There was an old saying that said, keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

Keeping your enemies closer means that you let them think that you have taken them into your heart. This will have the effect of allowing them to think that they are special to you, and have a favored position in your life. This will encourage them to drop their defenses as they learn to trust you as a close friend. They will be close enough for you to keep an eye on them, and it also means you can become involved within their life with little question. You can learn the strengths and weaknesses of the people who offer protection to your enemy.

You can make your enemy feel complacent, and allow them the illusion that they know everything about you. In reality they only know what you allow them to find out. In effect, your enemy can be manipulated without any knowledge on their part whatsoever. When you are close to your enemy it gives you the chance to work on the people around them, to cause unrest, resentment and instability both in their home or "camp". You can silently undermine your enemy and they wouldn't have a clue just how much you have usurped their authority until their people fail them.

Keeping your enemy closer, in essence, means getting to know them as well as you know yourself. By allowing your enemy to think that you are close friend, will give you the chance to study him on an individual basis and give you the chance pinpoint personal weaknesses. You will get to know him as a person and how he operates both on a psychological and a physical basis. This means that when you are in the position of being at conflict with that person, then you will have learn enough about him to understand how he is feeling, and make an accurate prediction as to how he will behave.


Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   June 22nd, 2010 9:31 pm ET

It's not the done thing to demean your boss who is US Commander- In- Chief.
It tantamounts to insurbodination.
The General must resign.


Gretchen   June 22nd, 2010 9:32 pm ET

Treason!!! that's what this General has done.After * years of Bush/Cheney and the death toll in the thousands and even more injured,this so-called General would reserve his "ill speack towards this President? How dare he.I hope that this President show some spine and get rid of all those that were puyt in place under Bush/Cheney.He (the General) could be working both sides of the war.he cannopt be trusted.


Richard, Kankakee, IL.   June 22nd, 2010 9:33 pm ET

The true cost of a gallon of gas it 17 dollars per gallon, we the American People in our tax dollars subside at least 13 dollars of that, who among you would know that? We are living a total lie here in the U.S..


Michelle   June 22nd, 2010 9:35 pm ET

The Runaway General needs to be fired, and not allowed to resign.

No one person is irreplaceable. If Gen. McChrystal was injured in an attack and unable to perform his duties, of course there would be a replacement named and operations would continue. Keeping him on to merely avoid changing horses is utterly ridiculous.

To refer to the "real enemy" as "the wimps is the White House" is not only disrespectful to the President, but what a slap in the face to his own troops who are risking their lives every day trying to stop terrorists - the true enemy.


Jim   June 22nd, 2010 9:43 pm ET

"The Runaway General?" ??

It's more like "The Runaway Rolling Stone!" Except in this case, the Rolling Stone editor and reporter, who should be reprimanded through the public no longer purchasing their paper, gathered lots of moss.


Richard, Kankakee, IL.   June 22nd, 2010 9:44 pm ET

The only thing that General McChrystal is right about is that Afghanistan can not be won, what General McChrystal is asking for is a free hand to kill more civilians in their quest to kill the Taliban. They have killed many civilians already, and this nut case want to kill far more civilians, if the President allows that too happen, America will be known as a mass murderer!


Richard, Kankakee, IL.   June 22nd, 2010 9:46 pm ET

Deepwater Horizon Oil Volcano

To contain the oil from the Deepwater Horizon, and to stop the use of oil dispersants, which harms our wildlife, and kill fish we need only run a pipe from the location of the oil well head, to the surface and it must extend at least fifty feet above the water so that the oil can be either skimmed off of the surface if the cap is left off of the tube top, or if capped it will allow the water to be forced out of the containment tube at the bottom while it fills up. The tube will not be connected to the oil well head but will be surrounding the whole well head so that no oil will escape containment. By allowing the tube to act as a funnel we will no longer have to use toxic chemical to break down the oil that is released in the ocean or ocean spills that will happen in the future. The contaminant tube can either be made of metal for very harsh environments or layered with fabrics, plastics or coatings that reduce the chance of farther lose of containment of a spill. But can also be made of fabrics, plastics or coating only for a flexible contaminant tube.

This will allow us to fight the oil out at sea rather than near or on our shores!

There are many areas of attacks to deal with this oil volcano along our southern coast. They are spending all of their time and energy trying to overcome them all at the same time, but failing to see a simple answer right before their eyes, I am only trying to deal with the fight away from our shores. The pressure at those depths is very high and they have not been able to over them at the moment, there might be a possible breach in the casing to the wellhead, so I thought why bother with that right now, work on another problem in this situation, if no good idea has come to them yet.

We still face the affects of all the oil that has gotten loose in our waters, and on our shores, that is what is really making the people mad at the moment, that BP is allowing oil to come to our shores, and using dispersant that is affecting the wildlife, and the fish. If we could stop that from happening and not have to worry about trying to control the pressures of the oil wellhead, we could still capture the oil safely, and deal with both the oil and the natural gas that has caused ice crystal to form in the past, by putting my containment tube around the well head, we will not have the effects of the ice clogging it. Since the tube would be about fifty feet across at the sea floor there would be plenty of space so that ice crystal formation would not occur. This structure would be almost a mile long in its length to the surface of the ocean, holding all the oil in one area which would allow tankers to drain it from the top section of the containment tube, which extends fifty feet above the water. We can use air filled bladders along the top inside and outside the containment tube to ensure that it will not fall down into the water, when either a large wave or waves come or even in a storm.


Mandrake   June 22nd, 2010 9:47 pm ET

Seems we went through this with Gen Patton in WW2.. also Gen McArthur.. let the Generals do the war.. let the politicians howl....


Charles: Mesa, Az   June 22nd, 2010 9:49 pm ET

Can Kevin Costner's "Oil spill clean up machine", clean up the oil in the bottom of the ocean floor, and the oil thats seeped into the marshes and the land? It sounds like it will help keep some of the damage down..
Gen. McCrystal should be asked to resign immediately. You never make comments about the commander and chief that way... The only type of individual, I would not be shocked to hear talk about the president that way from, would be Osma Bin laden, but holy comoly , not a four star general.. Jeeezzz.


Richard, Kankakee, IL.   June 22nd, 2010 9:50 pm ET

That Judge in Louisiana had better hope that another one of those oil rigs does not spill oil in the gulf, because if it does happen, they will run him out of the state on a rail, if they do,not burn him mat the stake!


Bob Snyder   June 22nd, 2010 9:51 pm ET

Larry,
Please consider mentioning a company in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl., ENVIRO VORAXIAL TECHNOLOGY, INC. that has mechines which will exceed Kevin Costners capabilities,,, AND THEIR MACHINES ARE AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DEPLOYMENT!!!!
This company has contracts with Shell Oil co., US Coast Guard & other companies.
They have also offered to do some work FREE OF CHARGE.
T Bob Snyder


Richard, Kankakee, IL.   June 22nd, 2010 9:54 pm ET

That Judge in Louisiana has a conflict of interest, he invests in oil stocks, why are so many people sold-out to the oil companies?


g garvin   June 22nd, 2010 9:55 pm ET

I posted a little while ago and then read some of the comments. To all you people that think freedom of speech is a right in the military, guess what it's not and it will never be. The military has a chain of command and it has to be followed or we don't have a military. Now before you think I'm some right wing nut, I'm a liberal and I root for the little guy but I've been in the service 71-74 USA and kiss my vetereran butt if you don't like it. I quoting UMCJ plain and simple in which he and his people should be fired, jailed and if they can charged with Treason by the UMCJ. You don't get civilian law in the military and that is the way it works and you know that when you sign up.


Marjorie Broom   June 22nd, 2010 9:55 pm ET

The general should not retire – he should be given a dishonorable discharge – no fancy benefits!!!!!


Faye Vank Deurzen   June 22nd, 2010 9:56 pm ET

I think Gen. McChrystal should be fired and not allowed to resign. He was
insubordinate to Pres. Obama and VP Biden by making derogatory
comments to Rolling Stone, a media and thus public forum.


Charles T. Jenkins, Jr.   June 22nd, 2010 9:58 pm ET

The runaway General McChrystal needs to go. Do we need a repeat of Fort Hood. This man is insane and apparently has a severe case of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). What mor does he need to do to convince the Commander and Chief that he is unfit for duty


Tony Fanucci   June 22nd, 2010 9:58 pm ET

Hi Larry,

Can a large rubber bladder – that has a prpoerly weighted rim be lowered down over the leaking valve/ pipe to capture the gushing oil from the leaking valve.

Once the bladder is lowered over the leak, the bladder will instantly fill, but if the bladder is large enough and the "top end" of the bladder has 4, 5, 6, male ends

that are connected to 4-6 inch hoses / pipes (pressure is dramatically reduced), and as the bladder quickly fills and the pressure is now manageable,

it will pour up through the "several" top-opening male ends and the oil would flow continually into tankers.

This seems to easy a fix, but why not.

Again, picture the bladder looking like a hot air balloon, but obv iously it is totally deflated and the ring or bottom of the baldder weighs the necessary weight to

hold the bladder down as it is fitted over leaking valve. The "bladder" quickly fills and the oil pours out the top openings like an "udder" and through the hoses to the tankers.

Has this idea been put forth? Why not?

Thanks for listening,

Tony Fanucci


Beverly   June 22nd, 2010 9:58 pm ET

I think General McCrystal needs to go,shame on him


Richard, Kankakee, IL.   June 22nd, 2010 9:59 pm ET

When I was in the Army, we did not like the President either, but because we were in the military, we kept our mouths closed, we could go home and talk about it all we wanted with out families, but not when there was anyone else who was in the military, we knew it would mean losing rank, pay, and possibly time in Fort Leavenworth at hard labor, then once you got out you would be dishonorably discharged!!!


Tom G   June 22nd, 2010 10:00 pm ET

I have come up with a FAST TRACK method to prevent the oil spill into the gulf water. I tested a small model & am satisfied that it is fully constructible & effective (Its effectiveness is verifiable).
No one has responded to my emails. If they have no solution to stop the leak they should contact me ASAP. The oil gushing to the ocean must be stopped & delaying the task is madness. I am a licensed professional engineer with 20+yrs of Energy & Refinery plant EPC experience and want to help. Where is the 1000s of solution being talked about. I only have one solution and my method has got to be the only one other than explosives that is not a good idea.


Jessa   June 22nd, 2010 10:03 pm ET

I trust the Gen. more now that I know he's not just a puppy being led by a politician. I for one am SO tired of politicians! Let the man do his job! I think it's immature of the white house to call him back to discuss things "said" we all know politicians never say what they mean. Why punish a General for being honest with his fellow soldiers? Everyone is allowed his/her own opinion. What happened to freedom of speech? Are the President and Biden so insecure that they can't handle a few light comments? They've weathered much worse on the campaign trail, let it go and quit making something bigger out of it. QUIT WASTING AMERICANS TIME!


Don Kelsey   June 22nd, 2010 10:08 pm ET

disrespecting the President and the Constitution; yes McCrystal should definitely resign or be fired.


peggy lane   June 22nd, 2010 10:08 pm ET

LARRY, REMEMBER, THE AFGAN WAR IS VERY STRESSFUL. SO GENERAL McCHRYSTAL MADE A BIDEN COMMENT. SO JOE TAKE IT IN STRIDE.....McCHRYSTAL IS DOING A GOOD JOB. IF YOU REPLACE HIM NOW " WHAT A BIG MISTAKE".


John S   June 22nd, 2010 10:11 pm ET

The general should be fired if he doesn't resign first. If I spoke that way about my boss I'd be out the door.

Furthermore, how can the President trust this man now to carry out his orders? There's no trust now. He has sabotaged his own career and his relationship with the President.

Finally, there's nothing wrong with getting rid of a member of the Armed Forces that is insubordinate to his commanding officer. The military is not a democratic world. It is based on respect for authority, following orders, and doing your duty. There's no room for public opinion or dissent. When you're given an order you follow it, no questions asked. If you can't or won't, you don't whine about it. You resign and accept the consequences. It's the military.


Micheline Turcot   June 22nd, 2010 10:22 pm ET

about John Metz's fiancee??? I can't understand why she did'nt try to contact him after this allege spat .....sooner....then either she does'nt really love him ....or ....maybe he was so bad during that spat that's why she did'nt go back to him so soon and that he put himself in that poor condition.From the show tonight i'm not convince that she really cares for him....looking at him each time he is explaining what happenned to him looking at him in a submissive way.....what's your idea ???


Smith in Oregon   June 22nd, 2010 10:25 pm ET

Larry, I wish CNN had done more than superficial reporting on the issue of firing or accepting the resignment of Gen. McChrystal.

As MSNBC investigative team and reporters stated, this is the THIRD time that Gen. McChrystal has been called out on the carpet for insubordination comments. Yes, he's already been called to the wood-shed TWICE before on his crass demeaning comments about his role and what he saw as the lack of support he was getting.

All of this push by Gen. McChrystal appears ENTIRELY to be a hidden agenda by Gen. McChrystal and the Pentagon to get another 30,000 US Soldier 'surge' to Afghanistan before the Summer of 2011.

Al Qaeda has long been entirely gone in Afghanistan, the few that are alive appear to be entirely living in Pakistan.

There is no winning the occupation in Afghanistan by the US Troops. US Troops are not going to in mass become Afghanistan citizens and the moment they leave, the Taliban soldiers will return.

Gen. McChrystal's shake and bake strategy was first deployed in Marjah, although US troops successfully took over Marjah briefly, the citizens in Marjah greatly resent the corrupt Afghanistan shake and bake police and governors forced upon them. They hands down support the Taliban who they majorly view as less corrupt!

This is your THIRD STRIKE Gen. McChrystal, and you should be fired if you do not resign immediately! You and the Pentagon's Hidden Agenda of yet another 30,000 troop surge in Afghanistan is not going to happen. Gen McChrystal's shake and bake strategy is a failure, just as the UK and NATO Commanders predicted from day One.


Haze   June 22nd, 2010 10:36 pm ET

Its a known fact that most of the US Forces Military Officers are dedicated republicans...GEN McCrystal and his staff would have never in a million years made such disparaging comments about any Republican administration. Additionally, we can't forget the "race" factor. Many republicans are closet racist, who have in various and insidious ways have made or shown their disdain for our President. Much of this disdain is due the President being an Afro-American. This is GEN McCrystal's second time of making statements contrary to the policies of the current administration. If a lower ranking Service member had made comments such as those made in the Rolling Stone article, they would have been charged with insubordination which is a violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and court martialed. GEN McCrystal has violated the Uniform Code of Military Justice. As a retiree, I know he will not be court martialed, however, President Obama, to preserve good order and discipline, should have him reduced in rank to a three-star and approve his retirement. In other words...fire GEN McCrystal.


Brenda   June 22nd, 2010 10:43 pm ET

I believe Obama will make the call correct. The General is not much good to send to parties to represent us.


chris brown fl   June 22nd, 2010 11:09 pm ET

WHYdoes the country that put a man on the moon with an electric car refuse the tecnolgy and let the rest of the world pass us by .take the power away from the oil companys .put the cars on the roads before they do the gas shortage of the 70's to us again. Get the big three rolling again.


stuart   June 22nd, 2010 11:26 pm ET

if the heat in the kitchen is to hot get out biden and obama.where did freedom of speech go.paople talk about you like that all the time.


Jeffrey Doman, Dallas   June 22nd, 2010 11:33 pm ET

BP Telethon....HUH!!??

Larry, why are you and others devoting time & soliciting donations for the Gulf Disaster, when BP, a Trillion $$ dollar+ company clearly has billions to cover the costs of this oil spill? Clearly, we could use those unecessary $$ to fund something like hunger or eductation in the US. Call me crazy, but are we REALLY going to indirectly hand BP $1.8 milllion that you raised, to lower BP's cost of the clean-up??


Dianne   June 22nd, 2010 11:50 pm ET

@stuart Nobody in the United States military has free speech. That is a civilian's right only.


Hugh in California   June 22nd, 2010 11:53 pm ET

All of you of this blog talking about General McChrystal's right to freedom of speech must have never been in the military. No soldier from Private to 5-Star General has the right to freedom of speech in the military as do the civilian citizens of The United States of America.

When you join the military you swear to uphold the Constitution, obey the orders of the Commander-in-Chief - the President, and you voluntarily give away certain constitutional rights until you become a civilian. General McChrystal knows that, and why he made such a gaff is still open to debate. When you swear an oath in the military in defense of this nation you are expected to obey and honor it.


gerald Jolly   June 22nd, 2010 11:59 pm ET

As far as Kevin Costner goes I applaud the man.

He seems to be the only person that has come up with a plausable answer to the delema, even thought it may not be the magic bullet, if they have of allowed him to put one of his machines in service in the first days of the disater, the 32 machines that are now on order might have well been in service by now.

So much for the "SO-CALLED EXPERTS"

And can you imagine they did'nt even need to have a telethon to raise the money for Mr. Costners machine.

WOW.


Dianne   June 23rd, 2010 12:08 am ET

Eventually your true colors will show I dont care who or what you are. General McChrystal should be fired! The President is an African American get used to it.


Charlie J   June 23rd, 2010 12:10 am ET

If the General stays what kind of message does that send to our troops? If they talked about the General that way at this time of war they would have them removed. The General's staff should have known better. Or, are they echoing the General's thought which they may have heard from him. Tell them to check the oath they took when they joined the military. Is it they think the President is the domestic enemy? We already know where alot of politicians stand.


Paul   June 23rd, 2010 12:14 am ET

When Obama pays proper respect to the Military Members and salutes the flag...only then is he the Commander in Chief. The troops see the disrespect he pays to this nation and the disrespect he shows to the troops. General McChrystal is just displaying the frustration with this current government. How can you support a boss who has no military background and does not pay proper respect to the Flag or the troops. The troops do not have any respect for Obama...he doesn't show them any. Obama should bow to McChrystal...just like he did to the Saudi King.


Vincent   June 23rd, 2010 12:14 am ET

I am a lifelong Republican... two words: FIRE McCrystal!


Henry   June 23rd, 2010 12:18 am ET

We are truly a weak country with a weak military if one man is irreplaceable, he's gotta go , cant trust him not to go rogue...


Cajazz76:24:8   June 23rd, 2010 12:19 am ET

Allow Stanley McChrystal to resign? Hell no!!! He was insubordinate to the Commander-in-Chief, his boss. He allowed the indiscriminate degradation of the up and down command structure by his immediate subordinates. Those men are Commissioned Officers, not NCO's. They lead and direct and should be respected by those that are entrusted to them. He jeopardizes the safety, welfare, moral, and degrades the will to fight in 140,000 U.S. and the NATO troops on the ground in theater. He has an obvious disregard for the men under his command and is apparently unaware of the collaborated efforts he has with the enemy that he has incited, and has given them a stronger will to attack the U.S. and NATO troops. Win, win for the Taliban, and keep your eyes on the rise in the number of flag covered coffins arriving at Dover AFB in Maryland over the next several weeks. NO RESIGNATION...A BCD, Bad Conduct Discharge, then a nasty boot in the ass. Second thought, give him a fair trial and then hang him....McChrystal is a four-star moron spoiled by the powers given to him by the president and has abused those powers and put the lives of all under his command on the brink of imminent disaster. What better way to destroy his own troops by having his ignorance shed in a magazine that his subordinates read? This was calculated!!!!!!!!!!


Smith in Oregon   June 23rd, 2010 12:20 am ET

Gen. McChrystal signed for a Silver Star medal for Pat Tillman even thou he was one of the few that knew Pat Tillman was killed by his own men!

Previously Gen. McChrystal has been taken behind the woodshed TWICE over is insubordinate comments and his 'unofficial leaks' overseas about his current failed 'Shake and Bake' strategy.

Gen. McChrystal's strategy in Afghanistan has FAILED and McChrystal's hidden agenda along with the Pentagon is to force and push President Obama into supporting another troop surge of 30,000 troops to Afghanistan! That is NOT going to happen. You failed Gen. McChrystal, your strategy in Afghanistan failed. Al Qaeda has long ago fled Afghanistan and the few remaining are hiding out in Pakistan in numerous ISI-CIA safehouses.

I hope President Obama FIRES Gen. McChrystal, says Hell No' to the hidden agenda from the Pentagon for a Bush-Cheney style 'double-down' surge of even more troops in Afghanistan and begins the orderly withdrawal of ALL troops in Iraq and then in Afghanistan.

There is no 'winning' in Afghanistan, the US troops are not going to become Afghanistan citizens, Afghanistan is not going to become the 53th. State of America. When America pulls out of Afghanistan, the Taliban will be welcomed back by the Afghanistan people.

Mission Accomplished Bush jr.!


Carmen De Bernardi   June 23rd, 2010 12:21 am ET

I do not believe General McChrystal should be fired at all – our President and his staff need to let General McChrystal do his job leading our forces in Afghanistan and protecting our enlisted men and women – Gen. McChrystal deserves our support and respect for the arduous work he has been doing and should continue to do – there are too many politicians involved in our military operations and the politicians need to get out of the way and allow our military leaders to do their jobs without political inferference.


mark   June 23rd, 2010 12:22 am ET

General Mcchrystal needs to be fired immediately! His apology is a PR stunt. He's only apologizing because he has gotten off the hook for other things he's said. He believes that he's above recourse and he's not. I was in the military and that's just not acceptable. This guy is in charge of all operations in Afghanistan. He has the lives of soldiers at his command. For the lives of the soldiers serving in Afghanistan it's imperative that he be replace and separated from the military. He's an officer in the United States Army. To say "he should know better" is a cliche and understatement. What he did was stupid. Everyone seems to be politically correct about this. From a military stand point it's stupid and he'll pay for it.


Kerri   June 23rd, 2010 12:22 am ET

McChrystal should be held to the same standards as the rest of the armed forces. The UCMJ clearly defines what punishment is served in this situation (and he's been in long enough to know better!)


Charlie J   June 23rd, 2010 12:22 am ET

On the oil spill, the governor of LA and the federal judje are playing politics and worrying about personal gain. The governor knows that people losing jobs for a short period of time is nothing compared to people losing thier livelyhood. Who knows when and if nature will recover from this. There is know way they don't think this could not happen agin. The other oil companies had the same plan as BP for if this situation happened to thier rigs. They have no way of solving this problem or they would have let BP know.


Amber   June 23rd, 2010 12:30 am ET

Have a few questions to both you and Kevin. I am nobody, but I am somebody, and have a few valid questions concerning the gulf.


dennis kerfeld   June 23rd, 2010 12:36 am ET

Kevin got an opening statement about his great machine to manage 200 gpm??? Did I hear this right? I work in this industry and this volume would fail. Maybe just a faux-pax on his part since he's not the technical party in this endeavor.............


Shalon Toy   June 23rd, 2010 12:46 am ET

Yes he should. That's just out-of-line. He could be a Republican or an Independent voter tired of the whole war former predecessor's


Peg   June 23rd, 2010 12:50 am ET

Fire him! I have no respect for someone who publicly demeans[sp?] his boss.


Virginia   June 23rd, 2010 12:54 am ET

Whatever happened to FREE speech... Just because Obama is the leader of the Country, doesn't mean we the people that DIDN'T vote for him have to buy his crap...


mark   June 23rd, 2010 12:56 am ET

I saw something one of the bloggers said earlier. He said the General has been in long enough to know better. And that's right! This is an outright defiance to his Chain of Command. His apology is "toilet paper".

He has lawyers and PR officers that he needs to consult with first before he even utters a word to the public about anything. He is not entitled to the free speech. It's funny to see that these people are coming out to speak against the plans of this administration. I'm 31 years old.

I served when president Bush was in office. I was operating with my unit in a different part of the region of conflict when GWB flew on to one of the aircraft carriers and stated the ending of the war. After that 3 years went by and we were still operating in that region. No one came out to speak out against that and all the other nonsense he told us before we went to war. I wonder what the real issues are?


Cajazz76:24:8   June 23rd, 2010 12:59 am ET

@dennis kerfield

I agree with you that Costner's centrifuge's would not do all that much to mop up the spill, although every little bit would help. If he could immediately deploy 25 such machines and have them work continuously for 24 hours a day it would take two years to do the job. That is a calculation using a spill minimum of 90,000,000 gallons of oil, 9X's the quantity of the Valdez. However, those calculations are only using a flow rate of 30,000 gallons per day. In reality the machines would only be on site for 8 hours a day and the flow rate is 3X's the flow rate I used. Therefore it would take 25 of Costner's machine's 9 years if all the oil was directly surrounding them. So you are correct they would not be that effective, but again every gallons sucked up is a gallon less on the coast lines.


Jim   June 23rd, 2010 1:01 am ET

2 resignations are needed.
Gen. McChrystal for disrepecting his superior.
Pres. Obama for disrepecting the Office of the President of the United States and the legal citizens of the United States & AZ.


Bob Claffey   June 23rd, 2010 1:13 am ET

I have an idea that will work and need a Kevin Costner to contact me to stop the oil leak NOW! Could Kevin care enough to hear my idea and help me since it won't get heard because NP has an email procedure method that will take too long.
I'm an ex-TRIDENT Nuclear submarine engineer and I know it would work!
. Kevin, contact me through the email address given to this blog site. Thank you.


ray   June 23rd, 2010 1:15 am ET

FIRE McChrystal!! Don't let him resign. The President can show him the same respect that he showed the President. Get rid of McChrystal and his staff.


dave singh   June 23rd, 2010 1:31 am ET

Its amazing how within 10 minutes the General was able observe and conclude an opinion on the president and his staff. It just goes to show his arrogance, immaturaity and irresponsibility.I just hope his decisions in the field are not made like this. I also wonder how he would react if a junoir officer had given an interview about him and his staff?
He also does not know that the president is elected by the people for the people and of the people, who happens to be the commander in chief. He should be removed from his post immediatley because showing insubordination cannot be tolerated. He is a poor role model for our troops.
If he had an opinion or disagreed with certain things there are proper channels to be taken.
And please dont compare him to General Patton. There is no comparison.


Diaz Jay U.S. Army   June 23rd, 2010 1:51 am ET

Disciplinary action should be taken. When in the military, you don't have the same civilian rights. Anyone who's been in the military knows that what the general did is called insubordination. Military soldiers have to live by a different set of rules than civilians. He is suppose to set an example for the soldiers under his command. If a private were to be insubordinate to his captain, strong disciplinary actions would be taken. Exactly the same action should be taken with McChrystal. Bust him down in rank, and send him to Fort Levinworth.


jonell roszyk   June 23rd, 2010 3:08 am ET

General McChrystal should not be fired. President Obama had already lost respect as a commander-in-chief quite some time ago. Most Americans lost faith in him when he chose not to protect the citizens of Arizona by refusing to secure our border from Mexican terrorists. This president shows no loyalty to our country. Instead he wants to give amnesty to illegal immigrants while citizens live in terror. I applaud General McChrystal for his bravery in revealing what he thinks of our president's leadership abilities. He and his staff's comments just reflect what most people are saying about President Obama in our homes, at work, and with our friends.


John adams   June 23rd, 2010 3:25 am ET

The most important thing is to control the oil at it's source before the clean up. All blockage methods have failed. The independent lateral pipe method (which will not be ready until the end of August) did not work in the Mexico spill until the third trial and that was intel hundred feet of water
I have two Gulf oil spill control Ideas for your consideration:
1) A long Foley Catheter (created out of carbon fiber). A Foley Catheter is used to drain blocked bladders; but one longer enough could be threaded down the Gulf oil leaking pipe (deep enough to enter the oil cavity). The ballon could be inflated large enough to seal the oil outlet from the underside; then pulled up tightly against tha inside opening. The inner pipe of the Foley Catheter could then used for controlled oil collection.

2) A very large spring opening stent (like those used on arteries) with a surface connected pipe. Sprung opening the stent could be designed to lock onto the inner surface of th pipe. The stent could be connected to a surface pipe.

John Randolph Adams MD
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Manchester
Massachusetts 01944
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apraxia@gmail.con


GEORGE   June 23rd, 2010 5:04 am ET

GWBUSH CHENEY RUMSFELD ROVE RICE ARE ALL LAUGHING NOW..THEY CAUSED SO MANY PROBLEMS..ESPECIALLY THE IRAQ WAR ...FEEL BADLY FOR PRES..HE WILL SURVIVE & BECOME STRONGER...WE WILL PRAY ..


Ralph   June 23rd, 2010 5:08 am ET

Could this be the first signs of McChristals political aspirations?


Jeff   June 23rd, 2010 5:31 am ET

To not fire gen McChrystal would be sending the wrong message to the troops/officers. It would open the flood gates to every Joe openly mock and/or question the decissions of their superiors. If the tables were turned, I'm fairly certain Gen McChrystal would not put up with it.


King   June 23rd, 2010 5:34 am ET

Why McChrystal did what he did?


King   June 23rd, 2010 5:36 am ET

Please kindly clarify is that true that except President Obama, no one being critized belongs to the military. They are just some kind of advisors?


Jeff in Germany   June 23rd, 2010 6:41 am ET

To not fire gen McChrystal would be sending the wrong message to the troops/officers. It would open the flood gates to every Joe to openly mock and/or question the decisions of their superiors. If the tables were turned, I'm fairly certain Gen McChrystal would not put up with it.


Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   June 23rd, 2010 9:39 am ET

Though I feel Gen McChrystal deserves to be sacked, that won't happen.
I think President Obama will pardon him after giving him an earful..
Being a pacifiist and compassionate man. the Prez will not just sack his general who is now fighting an important war to America.
With the President in a tight situation now, I dont think he will want to create another issue.
The President will look BIG in the eyes of the Americans for forgiving his shoot-at–the mouth general.
Maybe just for show, the gerneral may offer to resign.
But there will be calls for him to contune on.
This is my humble opinion,. I may be wrong..


Cajazz76:24:8   June 23rd, 2010 12:43 pm ET

Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia

For the president to allow McChrystal to continue on as Commander of U.S. and NATO Forces in Afghanistan would be political suicide. Please remember all military forces function with discipline being key to their individual survival. To allow an act of insubordination to the Commander -in-Chief to be ignored sends an abhorrent message of weakness to, not only the entire U.S. Armed Forces, but to the world. You may as well remove the U.S. flag from the White House and raise a white flag and signal defeat. If McChrystal is not removed from his command my support for our president will end. I have the confidence that he, without doubt, will do what is necessary and demanded of him by those who elected him and those who serve this nation. There is no alternative to what he must do. The answer was decided when he became aware of McChrystal's childish and self-serving comments. If you look under the epidermis of McChrystal you will see a self-centered and weak leader who is a "Tin Soldier" and well rusted from his false sense of single superiority who admittedly functions with "self-pride" as his motivation rather than leadership and discipline. Idzan, in this case I have to commend you for recognizing the care and compassion this president has, but his leadership must be firm and unwavering because the lives of too many depend on him to act according to the Uniform Code of Military Justice and leave his heart out of it. Take care....


Cajazz76:24:8   June 23rd, 2010 1:00 pm ET

@John Adams MD

Come on "Doc" get a bit real. Your suggestion of worming a carbon fiber stent into the top of the B.O.P. is utterly ridiculous. Take into account the pressure at 5000 feet. It would collapse with a spring inserted or not. Then take into account that the flow pressure coming out of the defunct well-head is 11,000 psi. Enough said, don't you think? I won't embarrass you with your spelling errors or the fact the material of your stent is carbon and subject to rapid deterioration by a carbon substance. Likes repel, ever hear that? Like "retired driller" stated in a blog last week, it would be like threading spaghetti through a needle a mile away. Don't feel too beat up because there has been engineer's who have blogged with equally or more ridiculous non-fixes. The only one that is viable is the relief well and it will be difficult enough to accomplish.


DONALD   June 23rd, 2010 1:43 pm ET

JEFF IN GERMANY IS CORRECT....PRES OBAMA WILL APPEAR WEAK IF HE PUTS UP W/THIS PERSON & HE WILL NOT WIN A 2ND TERM...WE DO NOT NEED WEAK PRESIDENTS ....


mary   June 23rd, 2010 3:24 pm ET

Is it true that BP supplies our government with fuel? If so it might explain why we feel sabotaged.

Please ask them to quit using the dispersements.

Thanks,

Mary
New Orleans


JIM CARROLL   June 23rd, 2010 4:29 pm ET

General McChrystal: what will President Obama do with 'the runaway general'? With over 40 generals and 20 colonels in the Army, it should be easy to find a replacement. Thank you, Mr. President! You did it right.
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Lt. Poocheolli   June 23rd, 2010 8:12 pm ET

General McChrystal is an honorable man and has served his country in a way that elevated him to the highest rank in the military. He deserves our gratitude and admiration. It is unfortunate that his honesty and frankness has caused his demise. Time will show that he was correct in his assessment of our civilian leadership in the Afgan War and that of our enept political leaders. Too bad the press is not listening to the message. They will have to, in time.


Cajazz76:24:8   June 23rd, 2010 10:27 pm ET

Lt. Poocheolli

You wouldn't by chance be on Drone Patrol would you? You know the ones that have a 'right wing' crippled leaving them in a 360 degree spiral headed into the ground. Your naked politics is showing and you should decide now to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and wear that uniform proudly or take it the hell off.


Mel Janney   July 1st, 2010 9:55 pm ET

I don't know whether the "Sea Shepherd" program is live or taped, but if live, please ask the Seanuts whether they are all vegetarians. If not, how do they think the animals they eat are harvested. Do they eat fish? The whale is a big fish, and the whalers would have a "whale of a time" catching them with trolling gear.


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