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June 23rd, 2010
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Should Gen. McChrystal be fired?

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="General McChrystal arrives at the White House on Wednesday, June 23, 2010."]

(CNN) – The White House has asked the Pentagon to make a list of possible replacements for General Stanley McChrystal because Obama wants to be ready if he decides to fire the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, a senior administration official told CNN Wednesday.

McChrystal is unlikely to survive the fallout from the Rolling Stone story, a Pentagon source who has ongoing contacts with the general told CNN earlier.

He will likely resign Wednesday, the source said. Obama was "angry" after reading the general's remarks, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday.

Michael O'Hanlon is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He joined us on Wednesday's American Morning where he made his case for why the president should keep the general. Watch Video

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  1. craig witt

    If anyone in the United States should be fired it should be Nancy Pelosi.In addition to the firing criminal charges should be pressed against her for theft of government money.Please everyone look into what she has done..its beyond despicable!

    July 6, 2010 at 2:55 pm |
  2. Daniel

    He is a soldier and sometimes they think and talk in a manner that is not acceptable in the realm of public opinion, that does not mean he should be fired, it means that he should be forced to undertake some training or conflict resolution or etiquette.

    Would any of you accept being fired for making a comment that you never intended to be made public?

    July 4, 2010 at 8:26 pm |

    I would like to make this perfectly clear, I am not starting an argument or debate within you all. But, I do think that General mcChrystal should have deterred his thoughts and used more distinguished, and proper language to the Pesident of the United States. The words that he used were dishearteningly vulgar. He prob should've been fired for making such a vain implication to our President.

    June 30, 2010 at 6:54 pm |
  4. amanda

    Maybe he WANTED out. He knows this is an unwinnable "war," and he's probably tired of lying about our withdrawal. It seems he may have had his resignation prepared in anticipation of the magazine article's distribution. As if he banked on being let go upon it's release. If this war is like the rest we've fought in, we'll never completely leave Afghanistan or anywhere else. We have overseas military bases EVERYWHERE. Consider Japan and Germany. We've been there since WWII, and nobody (in America) is even discussing bringing those soldiers home. Fortunately, those countries aren't determined to kill our soldiers. If the citizens of a country don't want change, we will never be able to impose it on them without bloodshed. Maybe he saw the writing on the wall and didn't want to be responsible for sending our young men and women into a battle with no end in sight against an unseen enemy. The insurgents are employing a tactic similar to that used to win America's independence in the Revolutionary War and the ousting of American troops by the Viet Con: They blend in with the general population, they don't wear uniforms or clothing that identify them as opposition forces, and they fight guerilla-style, altering the rules of engagement as the situation changes. Every innocent killed in the war turns more civlians into enemy combatants. The only way to "win" this conflict is by withdrawing and showing the world that we are not all as stupid and stubborn as they think.

    June 24, 2010 at 9:07 am |
  5. JAY

    Certain people (especially on that other network named after a small canid predator) defend Gen. McChrystal by citing that Gen. George S. Patton retained his post even after the "slapping incident" and making several controversial remarks . . . to which I answer:


    . . . and the racist, anti-immigrant remarks on this blog aren't surprising: we've learned not to expect any better from the Tea Baggers.

    June 24, 2010 at 9:01 am |
  6. RMH123

    From what i've read, his comments about Biden,Obama and the administration were made behind closed doors and off the record to his staff. Rolling Stone managed to get hold of these comments. Whether this is accurate or not, i find it ridiculous that he should lose his post because of comments he's made to his staff. He didn't publicly crticize the administration or individuals. And since when is it a crime to voice your opinion anyway? We have all made comments about individuals or maybe your employer that you would not necessarily want to stand up on a podium and repeat. Would you think it fair that you should lose your job for making comments in private or in passing conversation with a coworker with like opinions? I think not. This move by Obama and his administration is PERSONAL. Before all the liberals and democrats get defensive, this isn't about party affiliation. I would find this out of line for any CIC.

    June 24, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  7. Grammyt

    He should not have been fired for telling the truth...It makes me very ill to think about what Obama is doing to this country. Wake up America!!

    June 24, 2010 at 8:08 am |
  8. Rod in Texas

    Art, I trust you are referring to Obozo the Muslim and his band of heathens in the White House? They are the ones that need to go!

    June 24, 2010 at 8:06 am |
  9. Rod in Texas

    Community Organizer of questionable abilities, does not make for a leader of a Country.

    June 24, 2010 at 8:02 am |
  10. Rod in Texas

    Let me get this straight... General McChrystal is being fired for doing the same thing the Muslim in office is doing? At least the general is telling the truth. For all you bottom dwellers harping on Article 88, Yes, its in there, but since Obozo and his staff are doing their best to dismantle the constitution, lets abolish Article 88 as well. Respect is not a given, it must be EARNED... Earning something is usually not affiliated with the democratic platform. In my humble opinion, Obama is not worthy to lick the boots of a great AMERICAN such as Stanley McChrystal.

    June 24, 2010 at 7:59 am |
  11. Rob

    He should be fired, and his pension taken away.

    June 24, 2010 at 7:38 am |
  12. art


    I did serve in the military.

    I also worked for the Obama campaign.

    Conclude what you wish.

    June 24, 2010 at 6:59 am |
  13. viacondios

    art and sue and others on here – you have no idea what you're talking about. put on a uniform and head to iraq or afghanistan – then you may be qualified to speak. otherwise, pray. this president is completely unqualified to stand before a man like McChrystal and do anything more than reprimand him for speaking to a magazine reporter at all. NOTHING in the magazine comments are "disrespectfuL, nothing he said falls under the military's "code" citing contempt – nothing he said is wrong either. In fact, it's all true. Obama dishonored a man/general who has more knowledge, more guts,and has sacrificed more for this country than Obama can or ever will. So, the general was allowed to retired – I trust now he we will called by the military to help from a civilian perspective in other ways. Do all of you know that the Taliban is glad/happy that this General is gone? What does that tell you? Do you know that thousands of young men and women in the military respect and honor the general moreso than they ever will this president as they clearly see this president hasn't a clue.
    do yourselves a favor – check in with your local military recruiter – ask him/her what the percentage of people joining the military are doing so because they have no jobs? there's not the honor of joining for "country" – it's simply because they need a paycheck. They also aren't joining out of a desire to serve under this commander in chief – in fact, they don't consider that in their decision. wake up folks...we're in deep crap under this commander in chief...any way you look at it – and it ain't Bush's fault...wake up. get your voting pen ready to make sure this CIC doesn't serve another term!!!

    June 24, 2010 at 6:33 am |
  14. Betty Hunter

    It was wrong to fire Gen. McChrystal just because he is not a "YesMan'
    The president should in his position be able to understand sometime he is wrong. I know the general could teach him a number of things. And best of all he was doing his job

    June 24, 2010 at 6:24 am |
  15. Bryan Vermillion

    Un-fit to lead?
    Who is calling the kettle black?
    The Gen was praised when chosen for that command, now he is dirt because he is not a "Yes Man"
    It is not right!
    He swore an oath to defend this country both foreign and domestic
    and has before Obama got elected to office.
    Obama is un-fit to lead!

    June 24, 2010 at 6:09 am |
  16. art

    I believe McChrystal to be THE inevitable result of an all-volunteer army. If you're a freedom loving American, you have reason to thank President Obama this morning for relieving McChrystal, and his staff of their command. Not doing so would have been a grave mistake on the administration's part. Their toxic mindsets were loaded with the potential for disaster.

    Every one of them should be court-martialed.

    June 24, 2010 at 6:05 am |
  17. Smith in Oregon

    What is up with the Republican New Right calling Gen. McChrystal a war hero?

    Previously he was taken to the woodshed for caustic comments to his superiors twice which would have busted or court marshaled any Army soldier. He had been abraded by President Obama for insubordination twice before today.

    And WHAT about Stanley McChrystal's role in the torture of Iraqi POW's who were Iraqi national combatants which the courts have ruled was illegal torture? There is little doubt that he was deeply involved in one of the worst torture outfits in Iraq, Camp "Nama", a well used acronym for "Nasty Ass Military Area".

    At least two POW's were tortured to death, many of the torture sessions allegedly went far beyond the brief descriptions from Bush-Cheney. Interrogations using Power drills, Frozen to death, Constant Beatings and Applying air conditioning to frozen prisoners seems to have been 'routine'.

    And WHAT about Stanley McChrystal's role in the abu ghraib dungeons? Even thou the Red Cross was fully aware of the tortures in NAMA, a colonel at the torture center told them that he 'had this directly from General McChrystal and the Pentagon that there's no way that the Red Cross would be allowed in'.'This facility was completely closed off to anybody investigating. Even Army investigators.'

    Why would the Pentagon push a director of extreme Black Op's out of his dark cubicle after Five Years into the arms of President Obama so that Barack Obama would appoint someone whose line of command made him directly responsible for a place that made Abu Ghraib look like a child's daycare center?

    General Stanley McChrystal oversaw one of the sickest most perverted torture dungeons in all of Iraq and yet the Republican-Tea Potty leaders are calling that man a 'war hero' ??

    June 24, 2010 at 5:12 am |
  18. Smith in Oregon

    Did Gen. Stanley McChrystal's treasonous comments and his staff's disregard for Richard Holbroke recently lead to the Taliban successfully firing two rockets/missiles at the V22 Osprey carrying Holbroke and the Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry who McChrystal also saw as a problem and major headache, nearly bringing it down?

    Richard Holbroke was recently visiting Marja, a key town, to assess whether the new U.S. counter insurgency strategy is working or falling short. Did the soldiers protecting the landing area know of McChrystal's treasonous comments towards Richard Holbroke and Karl Eikenberry and go soft on their protection?

    Taliban gunmen tried to shoot down Holbrooke's V22 Osprey as it approached for a landing, triggering a gunbattle with the insurgents that lasted for about 10 minutes. A trio of suicide bombers detonated themselves during an attack on the U.S. base as Holbrooke was leaving. Holbrooke, the White House's special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, visited both Kandahar and Marja to see for himself what progress if any had been made by Gen. McChrystals shake and bake strategy. Richard Holbrooke was traveling with Karl Eikenberry, the former Army general who is now U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan.

    It seems overly coincidental that two men that McChrystal hated the most apparently had several close calls in the security screen protecting them in Marjah. Thankfully the multiple attacks failed. It does seem someone very high up in command tipped off the Taliban that both Richard Holbroke and Karl Eikenberry were flying into Marjah that day.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:10 am |
  19. texaspatriot79

    The General should have not been fired for publicly letting the American people know that Obama was not doing his job. Obama is the one that should have been fired for not providing support for the war and the oil spill. Where is the freedom of speech? I remembered that Bush did not fire any of the Generals that spoke out and disagreed with him. Obama had done nothing for this country.

    June 24, 2010 at 4:12 am |
  20. James W. Haines

    No, he should not be fired. He said it like it is with no sugar coating that the Obama folks have made so famous. We have forgotten how to fight a war. We are not committed to winning and until we make that commitment, we will continue to sacrifice our young men and women for no just cause or reason.

    June 24, 2010 at 3:40 am |
  21. gnncolo

    Absolutely... positively... no question. If you asked McChrystal himself, he'd say he should be fired. Real question... why did McChrystal do it..??!!

    Can a "General" get himself fired, and bring down an administration..?? Or cause a course of action otherwise not obtainable..???

    Very possibly... McChrystal's comments, while insubordinate, are most likely VERY accurate, and insightful. Sometimes a warrior must do the right thing... then fall on his sword. This sort of act has a long history. Do NOT let McChrystal's efforts be in vain.... pay attention to what he said.

    The elections are NOT that far off....

    June 24, 2010 at 2:25 am |
  22. ed bruce

    Obama and Biden have never had jobs before.. nor do they have any military training,, do they even fathom what it takes to graduate from West Point or Annapolis? It is amazing the restraint that must have been felt by McChrystal when talking to an idiot like Biden or the smooth talking Obama. They should take a lesson from this and get some true advisors... retired generals or admirals who actually know what is happening rather than their Clinton retainees.

    June 24, 2010 at 12:59 am |
  23. John

    Yes, I know a lot of times politics interferes with the mission, however, President Obama is the Commander-in-Chief. I think some general officers think its funny to mock some politicans. I know because I spent 31 years in uniform and I did it. But I never gave an interview or publicly talked about it. If he had problems then he should have talked to his superiors. Good riddance.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  24. Martin Ozolins

    I've been listening to this story all day, and even though some "experts' claim this is different from the Macarthur Truman situation, it is a nearly identical situation, a commander in the field criticizing his commander in chief. Some have even decyred the possibility that General McChrystal and/or members of his staff couldn't be Court Martialled for it. To those I suggest they read Article 90 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice covers disrespectful talk, attitude or insubordination to a superior commissioned office which the President is as Commander in Chief. I think the President has taken the General's long and honorable service into account and will let him retire gracefully, just as Truman did Macarthur.

    June 23, 2010 at 9:32 pm |
  25. Sonny R

    Fired, yes! As a Veteran of the United States Air Force, we all know you don't bad mouth your superiors. The mistake the General made was the same thing that Helen Thomas made, was letting a reporter goat themselves into saying something out of context. I find most reporters are trying to make a name for themselves and nothing else. Case in turn. Chip Reid and other reporters kept trying to get Robert Gibbs to say the President had decided to fire General McChrstal. When he kept saying the President would make the decision tomorrow, they kept asking the same question trying to get him to slip so they could have something to write about. I also find most of the analyses who are judging the President have never been in the Military. Did he do the right thing? Could he have overlooked the remarks and continue his job? If you have never been in the service then you can't appreciate the Chain Of Command.

    June 23, 2010 at 9:10 pm |
  26. Joe Piscapo

    Changed the topic...floride in city water is dangerous can we discuss that?

    June 23, 2010 at 8:33 pm |
  27. old gunslinger

    Yes, he had to go! We are a country governed by our elected officials. The General is and was entitled to his opinion. However his duty was to keep his opinion to himself! In the "Banana Republics" the generals' opinions count. Here they follow orders. A general, of all people, should follow the chain of command.

    June 23, 2010 at 7:50 pm |
  28. Bob

    I spent 10 years in the military. If I had done to my CO, publicly what this 4 star clown did, I would have been court Martialed in a heartbeat. He is a goner

    June 23, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  29. Mike Palevo

    Here is s four star general having to be subject to a wet behind the ears President who doesn't have a clue about war! Only a Military Policitian will work, all others will have problems.

    June 23, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  30. BWB

    Obama's firing of General McCrystal is just another example of how the President deals with those who voice opinions that differ from his.
    Obama is not fit to be a Commander in Chief as he does not comprehend, let alone appreciate, how the military operates, especially in these dangerous times. It would not be surprising to
    learn how widespread the disenchantment exists amongst leaders in the military. Of course after watching an American hero like the General fall before the same man that bows to the Saudis and denigrates America to wiin over the Europeans, who else would want to step forward and voice their honest opinion?

    June 23, 2010 at 7:11 pm |
  31. maggie

    Yes the General should be fired. He should be relived because now he can go on a crusade with all the other fools in this country who does not believe in our President. I am quite sure he will find employment at FoxNews.

    June 23, 2010 at 7:07 pm |
  32. I.

    In all honesty...yes. I'm not saying military personnel don't have a right to think the way they want, i just think the way he expressed it called for this. Had he said this to a fellow soldier, i would be on his side, but he gave an interview with rolling stone for crying out loud. How can you progress so far into the military and not know any better than this?

    June 23, 2010 at 7:05 pm |
  33. Mike

    This thing has gone on too long. It has cost Americans too many life's and ruined countless thousands of others. General McChrystal, among them. What we need the President to do is set his ultimate goal, and then get the hell out of the way and let our military do what they are trained to do, people that have not served have no idea what it really takes to get the job done! Every since WWII we have been making the mistake of letting politicians make the decisions and we are still involved in the Korean conflict.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  34. Park, Richard

    Why do you even ask? The people with no brains, illegals and minorities elected this commander-in-chief and now were stuck with a non-military leader who doesn't have a clue about anything, let alone running a war. Is it November, 2011 yet????

    June 23, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  35. Spoons

    Yes... it was the correct decision to fire Gen McChrystal. When you join the military one of the first things you learn is the president of the US is the "commander in chief." If he was a Sgt. being insubordinate to a captain, there would also be disciplinary action. For a General to behave in that manner and not be disciplined would set a bad precedence for "law and order" of the military.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  36. Jerry

    As a professional military officer, McChrystal knew (or should have known) that it was totally inappropriate for him to give a media interview whose content was openly critical of his civilian bosses. Regardless of his successes in Afghanistan to-date, the fact remains he has completely lost the confidence of his Commander In Chief. As good as he may be, he is not the only general officer in the U.S. Army who can do the job. He can and should be replaced. At this point, I'd have to say his Army career is effectively over. If he hasn't already, he might as well put in his papers for retirement and muster out.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  37. Jessie Ware, Horn Lake, MS

    General McChrystal made a very professional decision in stepping up and living by the Code of Conduct all we Veterans live by. It is to bad our politicians and civilian decision makers do not live by the same standard. If this were the case maybe integrity would still be in place and respect for the position in which they were elected to represent The People would be different.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  38. tom

    As a retired Army Colonel (and one who knows Stan McChrystal) – and as a Repbulican (not a fan of the President), GEN McChrystal knew better than to make those kind of comments. We all took an oath to support and defend the Constitution, and to obey the orders of the President and all officers appointed over us. It is Military 101 and has been for over 200+ years – despite what political views you may have you keep them to yourself; the Commander-in-Chief is in charge and you respect at least the Office if not the actual person. That is why we are a democracy and have civilian control of the military.

    He should have resigned, what he did violated all honor and ethics of our military.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  39. Sharon

    Why should he be fired? Sometime or another you might say something that someone is not going to happy with. If you can not take the heat , get out of the kitchen.

    For once, I wish the president would make a decision based on what is best for this country and the men and women fighting for our country not on what is best for him and his political future.

    We are falling deeper and deeper that I do not know if we will ever be able to got out of this deep hole/

    June 23, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  40. Beth

    Go Obama, McChrystal should have been fired, You don't make comments you don't want others to find out about. What real Dumbo..
    What was he thinking!!!

    June 23, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  41. Bettina Seidman

    I have been watching the coverage all day on the McChrystal story. First, I want to say that I think President Obama handled the situation in the best way possible and he chose just the right words for his announcement.

    I haven't seen any analysis of why the General chose to have Mr. Hastings of Rolling Stone follow him around for a month. I am a career management coach, and couldn't help ruminating on his motivation.

    I suspect that the General has been very angry about his continuing role in one of the worst parts of the world, but he did take on the post a year ago. I cannot help but consider what he might be on - has he been drinking or doping? Even for a man who doesn't seem to have many diplomatic skills, what on earth was he thinking?

    Another possibility occurs to me. Maybe he just wanted to resign and couldn't figure out how to do it, unless he could get himself fired.

    I suspect BP might hire him for Tony Hayward's team !

    I'm looking forward to some analysis of motivation – that's the story that would interest me.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  42. cardog

    In answer to the question...Yes, this general had to be fired or forced to resign. In fact President Obama did him a favor in allowing him to resign.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  43. ron

    Tell me what is wrong with telling the truth. Obama can't handle the truth.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
  44. Rick

    It is a sad day when a reporter from a rag music magazine can't find anymore to write about than some off hand remarks by the generals aides. And to make it even worse the mainstream news media smells blood and adds their time to it. Our men and women in Afghanistan put their lives on the line every day. Today we lost one of our finest General's.
    I remember the days when the news media had a little integrity, now they stumble all over each other to ruin the lives of those brave enough to help keep America strong.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
  45. Dave Dworak

    It is Korea and Vietnam all over again!

    Politicians start the wars and demand that the military fight the enemy their way. They hash it around, make demands, don't provide the required assistance and then blame the military for their failure! War is not a game to trifle with – you play to win and only win!

    I believe the military must be kept on a leash but keep the reporters out of the planning tents and let the soldiers gripe! It's all they have left to themselves. Look at the old "Willie and Joe" cartoons of WWII for the answers to that one!

    1. Get the hell out of Afghanistan and Iraq.

    2. Keep all immigrants out of the country and let them apply for citizenship like our ancestors did. It's a privilege not a right! Learning English is a prerequisite.

    3. Cut imports and build a strong manufacturing base so Americans have jobs and can purchase these goods. Use the "war money" to fund tax incentive to build here-buy here! Resume imports when we are fiscally strong once again.

    4. Stop helping countries that don't help us. Let's provide for Americans before we worry about the rest of the world. When these odd ball countries are ailing – send a token diplomat or a "Get Well" card!

    5. Remake America into the strong, wealthy and diverse country it used to be! If you must have wars – send politicians and lawyers to fight them!

    After all.....they started it!

    June 23, 2010 at 3:58 pm |
  46. jerry fox

    McChrystal should have asked for obamas resignation

    June 23, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
  47. kenny

    No, this had more to do with NoBama's huge ego than it did with McChrystal's remarks. The safety of our troops and the success of our missions is way more important than the President's bruised ego. McChrystal had the knowledge, training, skill to get this done as well as the absolute support and the respect of our troops. This move once again proves the serious President's lack of understanding of serious world matters and why his time is better spent on Oprah!!!

    June 23, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
  48. Mark

    So much for the 'open' and 'transparent' Obama administration. He can't stand open and transparent disagreement from his own. Our President is showing his true colors. I would have respected him stating he disagreed but wanted to reap the benefits from an experienced military leader in the East. I continue to be ashamed of the big O.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
  49. steven madden

    since he fired the general for his comments i think the president needs to be fired as well for the way he is handdleing the oil crises in the gulf he is un fit to lead this country as well as our troops the deserve better.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  50. NJ

    There is more to this story! What is realy going on here?

    June 23, 2010 at 3:06 pm |
  51. Meekam

    McChrystal should be fired. He has no respect for the administration, blatantly shows it, has no class and can't stop running his mouth. In each photo with Obama even before this happened, his facial expression is one of pure disdain. If he can't support the administration, the integrity of the mission is compromised. The U.S. does not need a leader like that. He learned late in life that's never too late to learn to shut up. Obama didn't fire him. He fired himself.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  52. Ron G.

    Insubordination on any level is grounds for firing. He is a general in command of troops in the middle of a war. The last thing you should do is cause desention amongst the ranks in front of the whole world, what a jerk!

    June 23, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  53. Allison Brown

    McChrystal absolutely should be relieved of his duties. Talk about disloyal, wreckless & obstructionist. I don't know which word to choose that would suite him better.

    June 23, 2010 at 2:55 pm |
  54. Nicole

    No I don't. If anything he should have been reprimended but allowed to stay, especially during this Afganistan crisis. These poor guys put their lives on the line for the citizens of the United States of America and should be allowed their freedom of speech regardless of who it is. They have had to go with the changes from a Republican President to a Democrat who many feel doesn't makethe best decisions either. This man is what is needed now!

    June 23, 2010 at 2:54 pm |
  55. Bob Wilkinson

    The comments suggest that General Mcchrysrals command did not support the Presedents stratagy, hence, the Presedent had no choise but to fire him. Maybe there attitude is the reason the war is not going so well.

    June 23, 2010 at 2:38 pm |
  56. michele

    Too bad people get fired when they Tell The TRUTH. This happens everywhere, companies as well as government, where the ones in charge have severe Power & Control issues...
    Power to the People!!

    Obama should listen to constructive criticism and take it for what it is worth. Never happen...I voted for him but not the next go-round.

    June 23, 2010 at 2:24 pm |
  57. David Cox

    The General should be awarded a medal if he really did criticize the incompetent leadership. Being ex-military I'm so grateful I don't have to server under this leadership. The President is anti-military as everyone knows. He is a weak radical and someone needs to stand up to him before his anti-constitutional attitude completely devastates our country further than it already has.

    June 23, 2010 at 2:22 pm |
  58. Kelley Cunningham

    No, he is a long time military leader and he knows what he is doing. Obama may be the President, but he has no military experience or knowledge and needs to let the military leadership do their job.

    June 23, 2010 at 2:22 pm |
  59. Luci

    Thou i have not read the article, but is this not a country of FREE SPEECH?

    give him a reprimand but fire him? I would not think that we should just throw away his experience or his abilities just for the hell of it

    June 23, 2010 at 2:21 pm |
  60. Retha

    I am glad they fired this jerk. Anyone can say they have integrity, but actions are the real indicator. John Maxwell said “If a leader's actions and intentions are continually working against each other, then look to his character to find out why." McChrystal may have somewhat of a drinking problem being he was partaking of the spirits while running his mouth without considering the consequence. Court Martial would be good!

    June 23, 2010 at 2:19 pm |
  61. badgergirl

    obama is the one who should be resigning, and he can take biden with him!

    June 23, 2010 at 2:15 pm |
  62. charles

    no i dont thank he shoudn if the people in the white house cant take critsum then way are they there there not doing there job eney way leating this country go to hell and a handbasket

    June 23, 2010 at 2:08 pm |
  63. Chris

    I think Obama handled it correctly. I think by firing him it would violate his right to free speech and opinion. However, feeling the way he does he certainly shouldnt be in command of anything in regards to the war

    June 23, 2010 at 2:01 pm |
  64. Mathew

    No she shouldn't. He reminds me of many famous Generals who were great in the field but not so great with the media. Eisenhower had to put up with Gen. Patton's mouth, bu the loved his battle success. We didn't put McChrystal there to play nice with everyone. we put him there to deal with the Taliban and I have many friends in all branches of the service who say he's doing a great job.

    June 23, 2010 at 2:00 pm |
  65. franklin

    yes, he should be fired,The military fights for democracy,but its culture is not a democracy. th' general broke one of the military's
    "10 commandments"..".active duty officials have only one opinion (publicly speaking) that is that of the commander in chief". Why do you think retired generals speak out only after they have cashed their retirement checks!

    June 23, 2010 at 2:00 pm |
  66. Lin McKay

    NO. The general should not be removed. The American people and Afghanistan will suffer. President Obama needs to get over his hurt feelings. There is so much pressure and tension in the military when the stakes are as high as these are and things are said and mistakes are made. Deal with the general after Afghanistan is resolved and stabilized. I would hope Secretary Gates' can convince the president the removal of McChrystal is not the answer. Not now!

    June 23, 2010 at 1:52 pm |
  67. sue

    Yeah! I didn't want that egomaniac to continue as commander. I was worried as soon as I heard he doesn't sleep more than 4 hours a night and only eats one meal a day. That kind of guy glories in his self discipline and thinks he's better than everyone. He has often proved he is a loose cannon. Petraus is a logical choice. Hurray!

    June 23, 2010 at 1:52 pm |
  68. Brandon Lessley

    I think a pertinent question who is the genius who suggested rolling stone magazine follow a top general around for 2 months in theater?? This is like following a football coach for 2 months and being shocked that he curses or says something bad about the commisioner or sending the christian science monitor to follow Larry Flynt for 2 months and being shocked that they have a negative view of him. I mean it's not like the General was doing a sit down interview with barbara walters? So again what person sicked Rolling Stone on the General for 2 months? that person should be fired, they are the one who has put lifes in danger by putting the general in an awkward spot and now the president in an awkward spot. Shame, shame, shame.

    June 23, 2010 at 1:52 pm |
  69. Robert

    How could such an intelligent man be so stupid as to talk with Rolling Stone, and so freely?

    He must have been under the impression that being on the other side of the world would protect him from slagging the POTUS and his administration.

    June 23, 2010 at 1:51 pm |
  70. Ken in Mt

    McChrystal surely isn't the first to have those opinions of a civilian administration. On the other hand allowing them to be aired both by himself in the presence of the press and with open agreement with other officers is not acceptable. If he was a staff seargent in the EM club with a belly full of beer it might be passed off, but for a four star general it is unforgivable. It stands as a lack of the all important discipline.

    June 23, 2010 at 1:51 pm |
  71. flabbergasted

    I thought the biggest thing that the US always bragged about was freedom of speech and now they want a top military official who has had an excellent career to step down because of a comment he made? so much for freedom of speech I guess

    June 23, 2010 at 1:50 pm |
  72. trcrat170

    As a general and commander he has been taught since the day he entered the military not to critize his superiors. If he questions there direction this has to be one on one not in the papers. He got what was the correct response. Unfortunate but correct

    June 23, 2010 at 1:45 pm |
  73. Rolland Ellis

    This is America, Mr. Obama, where people have freedom of expression and what they have to say....I want to hear it because you don't have any answers and the US congess don't have any that works!

    June 23, 2010 at 1:38 pm |

    I hope Gen. McChrystal resigns. His behavior has hurt the military and our country's reputation. He may be a brilliant "general" but he shows poor judgement in his behavior and demeanor in public. Excusing one mistake is understandable but how can you excuse this when it happened twice before. This is the third strike. I say, "He's outta here!" I know this is more complex than a baseball game, however, I'm getting tired of the blatant disrespect our President is getting either because of his youth or his ethnicity. I don't think the President can trust the general nor have faith in the general's ability to be loyal to the Commander in Chief, President Obama.

    June 23, 2010 at 1:32 pm |
  75. Rolland Ellis

    Its important for the American people to understand, those who have never fought a war, that this, US Government, the congress and their kids don't fight the war, the American peoples kids fight them and the generals win them when they are allowed to win. Like the gulf oil spill leaking we will always have war when people who know nothing about oil and war are allowed to lead and not listen! Knowing when to listen is a sigh of leadership. I don't see leadership from this GOVERNMENT! And they haven't won a war for a while are stopped the oil leak. Hello out there?

    June 23, 2010 at 1:31 pm |
  76. Jim Rowe

    Hell no, McChrystal should not be fired, Obama and his entire administration, including the Speaker of the aHouse, should be fired. They should be fired for impersonating Americans.

    June 23, 2010 at 1:26 pm |
  77. Jeff

    Yes. Imagine you are the president and McChrystal openly disagress with you and disrespects you in public.

    June 23, 2010 at 1:22 pm |
  78. carol

    You as a general should not go against your boss and you should be fired now

    June 23, 2010 at 1:18 pm |
  79. Stephanie

    Bush put up with 8 years of ridicule and disrespect. Obama is making some very serious mistakes and nobody is allowed to criticize him. Our military is doing the best they can with little support from their Commander-in-Chief. He is too slow in making decisions and providing them with the tools they need. If he fires McCrystal he will be making another huge mistake. Stop being so immature and take the criticism. And really CNN.... "Judgement Day"? You have elevated Obama to a level he truly doesn't deserve.

    June 23, 2010 at 1:17 pm |
  80. DQ

    According to the Uniform code of military justice – Article 88 – contempt towards officials:
    Any commissioned officer who uses contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Transportation, or the Governor or legislature of any State, Territory, Commonwealth, or possession in which he is on duty or present shall be punished as a court-martial may direct

    Need I say more?

    June 23, 2010 at 1:17 pm |
  81. popeye113

    Emphatically YES!!!!
    It is absurb that an active general still in the uniform would be so dense and egotistical !!!!
    His bags should already be packed!

    June 23, 2010 at 1:16 pm |
  82. Jim Henderson

    It is indeed unfortunate that we (USA) have not fought a war since WW2 with the intent to win. We continue to fight for political gain. This frustrates the men and women trained to fight and sacrifice to win. With so many decisions based on politics, it is no small wonder that this type of event occurs. PLEASE Mr. President, fight a war to win the war, not to score politics in the world. Either fight to win, or get out of the fighting. We protect our nation by winning, not because we play politics.

    June 23, 2010 at 1:14 pm |
  83. LADY T

    Nooooooo, Sometimes the truth must be heard.

    June 23, 2010 at 1:06 pm |
  84. Amanda Morrison

    No McChrystal shouldn't be fired. Obama is the one that needs to go. Obama's job is more than he can handle.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:39 pm |
  85. Sobhy Ibraham

    The general should not be fired for telliny the truth


    June 23, 2010 at 11:00 am |