June 23, 2010

Gen. McChrystal faces Obama today; will he resign or be fired?

Posted: 07:23 AM ET

America's top military commander in Afghanistan is unlikely to survive the fallout from remarks he made about colleagues in a magazine profile to be published Friday, according to a Pentagon source who has ongoing contacts with the general.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal will likely resign Wednesday, the source said. McChrystal's fate is expected to hinge on a meeting scheduled Wednesday with President Obama, who was "angry" after reading the general's remarks in Rolling Stone.

The "magnitude and graveness" of McChrystal's mistake in conducting the interview for the article were "profound," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said McChrystal had "made a significant mistake and exercised poor judgment."

McChrystal apologized Tuesday for the profile, in which he and his staff appear to mock top civilian officials, including the vice president. Two defense officials said the general fired a press aide over the article, set to appear in Friday's edition of Rolling Stone.

"I extend my sincerest apology for this profile. It was a mistake reflecting poor judgment and should never have happened," McChrystal said in a Pentagon statement. "Throughout my career, I have lived by the principles of personal honor and professional integrity. What is reflected in this article falls far short of that standard."


NOTE: We'll be discussing this tonight on LKL!

This all started because of an article that appeared in 'Rolling Stone' magazine – Click HERE to read the full article

We had Lt. Col Tony Shaffer and Capt. Jon Soltz on the show last night talking about the fallout – here's a clip:

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Luis B. Rosario   June 23rd, 2010 8:51 am ET

General Stanley McCrystal is not a bad guy but he likes to run
his mouth off to Enquire type correspondents that are out to lynch
anybody for the right to print on the Press for a "few dollars more."
McCrystal may be a great general of the U.S. Armed Forces
but if he failed and continues to fail protocol by using poor
judgment when addressing the world then he has no place
in the present administration or any other administration, if he
is incapable of proof reading what he said or wrote before
publication. Things are not going so great in Afghanistan despite
30,000 more troops. The Taliban appears to be as strong as
ever and soldiers continued to be slaughtered with rustic weapons
(IEDs, etc), The type of strategy and intelligence used against
these terrorists is still flawed. If McCrystal was in charge he must
go. And if Karzai is in favor of dealing with the Taliban against the
U.S. wishes, he must go too, or the allied forces are fighting two
war fronts, one against the insurgency and one against a traitor
(Karzai) who was originally installed by the United States to
protect the people of Afghanistan against terrorism and to protect
U.S,. and Western allies interests. The U.S. has invested billions
of dollars in Afghanistan and lost a great deal of soldiers. We
cannot afford this luxury to protect a corrupt government run
by Karzai and his cronies.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   June 23rd, 2010 9:03 am ET

He looks a tough General. Hope they can iron something out.

Ted   June 23rd, 2010 9:28 am ET

Take his stars away and throw the bum out, he is a disgrace to the general corps and our military.

Joann Jones   June 23rd, 2010 9:53 am ET

Send Mcchrystal back to Afghanistan and fire the president. If Obama did what he should do, these comments would never have been made.

Joann Jones   June 23rd, 2010 9:56 am ET

Send Mcchrystal back to Afgahanistan and fire Obama. If Obama did what he should, these comments would never have been made.

Nicole   June 23rd, 2010 12:09 pm ET

If we fired everyone for the inappropriate things they said about their bosses, none of us would have jobs! Work it out and bring the troops home!

Kay Mahoney   June 23rd, 2010 12:12 pm ET

Fire him. He must answer to the president and he has chosen to make inappropriate remarks. He should be gone. He is not a leader.

Golden State Girl   June 23rd, 2010 12:33 pm ET

To: Michael Hastings (writer of this Rolling Stone piece):

I hope you're proud of yourself. Sure you're a star now at the cost of our country's safety. By glorifying this piece, you have put the U.S. at greater risk by possibly having the best general to do the job removed.

I'm sure you're celebrating your status as a celebrity writer as we speak.....

Golden State Girl   June 23rd, 2010 1:18 pm ET

To: Kay Mahoney

It's quite easy to make passionate comments such as yours from the comfort of your home or Starbucks.

Are you prepared to step into the General's dangerous shoes????

I don't think so. Important to be objective before you fire off useless comments.

TOMMIE   June 23rd, 2010 1:39 pm ET


Christie   June 23rd, 2010 1:58 pm ET

General McChrystal is not a disgrace to our military any more than Patton was. Get real.

Smith in Oregon   June 23rd, 2010 3:23 pm ET

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

Gen. McCrystal has been relieved of duty and his belongings in Afghanistan are being packed up and sent to him, he won't be returning there as a Army officer.

A great many soldiers are angry at Gen. McCrystal over his ROE's (rules of engagement) which place them in harms way rather than allow them to engage active threats they are accustomed to.

Gen. McCrystal's 'shake and bake' instant Afghanistan police and regional governors is a failed strategy. First and only implemented in Marjah, it is already proving to be a failed strategy in Marjah whose residents overwhelmingly reject the corruption and mass graft of the shake and bake Afghanistan police and governors forced upon them.

Gen. McCrystal was one of the few men that actually 'knew' that Pat Tillman was killed by his own troops (fratricide, KIA by friendly fire), Gen. McCrystal signed a order for Pat Tillman's body to receive the Silver Star, while the Army for months lied about how Pat Tillman died!

mcmargie   June 23rd, 2010 4:02 pm ET

McChrystal has no couth. What a relief that McChrystal is gone. He has never been sophisticated or professional with his comments and his most recent comments in the Rolling Stones article exemplifies that. McChrystal was in the position of a high-ranking military commander and he knew he was wrong and I'm glad he resigned. This was a very serious matter. Commander in Chief, President Obama recognized the misuse of the military code of conduct and showed true leadership today by supporting this change in post and uniting the troops and nation.

Arlanda Fields   June 23rd, 2010 4:06 pm ET

The general must go. We have to lead by example and noone wants a person in their camp who mocks and undermines their authority. I support my President and respect his decision to meet first with the general before informing the public of his decision. "What a Class Act".

Arlanda Fields   June 23rd, 2010 4:11 pm ET

General McCrystal must go. He did not lead by example and noone wants a person in their camp who mocks and undermines their authority. I support my President and respect his decision to meet first with McCrystal before informing the public of his decision. "What a Class Act".

mcmargie   June 23rd, 2010 4:16 pm ET

Smith in Oregon, you are wrong. You need to do more research...seriously! Research McChrystal and the Pat Tillman cover-up. Even Pat Tillman's mother said she was not happy with McChrystal and claimed he was part of the cover up regarding her son's death. Everyone knows McChrystal was deceitful in that entire saga.

mitchel stewart   June 23rd, 2010 4:30 pm ET

the war should be over. the war should hve never started. the wars for only what is ruining our land and this world we live in now. oil and what we think is worth a buck and we spend millions of dollers to support what will in the end destroy us all.... end the war

mitchel stewart   June 23rd, 2010 4:54 pm ET

stop the war

Smith in Oregon   June 23rd, 2010 5:56 pm ET

The biggest mistake in the McChrystal fiasco was for President Obama to let the Pentagon pull a man from directing extremely black Op's in a dark cubicle in the Pentagon for the past FIVE years and push him onto President Obama as their best man with a 'winning' strategy in the Afghanistan War to become the Afghanistan field commander.

The Pentagon set-up President Obama to fail. From day one, the UK and fellow NATO commanders stated McChrystal's 'shake and bake' strategy would FAIL. In the only test of McChrystal's strategy which was in Marjah, after temporary removal of the Taliban, the strategy appears to have failed and the Taliban are returning. The residents in Marjah largely reject the shake and bake Afghanistan police and regional governors forced on them as utterly corrupt and by and large trust and support the Taliban whom they see as the lesser evil of the two choices!

Afghanistan is not going to become America's 53rd. State.

The US soldiers are not going to in mass become Afghanistan citizens.

There is no total removal of the Taliban soldiers and fighters from Afghanistan.

The Afghanistan residents are the Taliban soldiers and fighters.

If the goal of America's Occupation of Afghanistan was to root out the Al Qaeda members, Mission Accomplished, they moved to Pakistani ISI-CIA safe-houses years ago.

Time to declare victory and bring the US troops home from Iraq and then in Afghanistan.

@ mcmargie, perhaps you weren't wearing your 'readers', I stated that Gen. McChrystal was part of the Pat Tillman coverup and lies to the public regarding the death of Pat Tillman in Afghanistan. Part of that subterfuge included Gen. McChrystal awarding a Silver Star to the body of Pat Tillman. After months of private investigation, it was found that Tillman was shot and killed by his own troops!

mcmargie   June 23rd, 2010 6:28 pm ET

Luis B. Rosario,
The correspondent from the Rolling Stone's magazine was not out to "lynch" the commander McChrystal...McChrystal hung himself. Try this angle: The reporter did this nation a favor!

Smith in Oregon,
Okay, you've clarified your first post. It's all in how you wrote your last paragraph in your first post and how I interpreted it as I read it. When you said McChrystal "knew" and wanted to give the deceased Tillman a medal I thought you were stating that McChrystal was upfront and truthful about Tillman's death and the Army were the only ones lying.

WM   June 23rd, 2010 7:22 pm ET


CHARLES   June 23rd, 2010 9:26 pm ET

this smacks of another similer situation in world war two ...Gen'Patton and Gen' Mc.Arther.....Both great at their jobs, But they got out of line and had to be reined in by their presidents,Sometimes the power these military men have goes to their heads...

SAMMY   June 23rd, 2010 9:47 pm ET


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