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[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Lawmakers praise the choice of Petraeus and say Obama had no choice but to accept McChrystal's resignation."]

Obama replaces general, backs strategy

(CNN) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday replaced Gen. Stanley McChrystal as commander of U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan and nominated Gen. David Petraeus to replace him while affirming support for a counterinsurgency strategy encountering problems.

The dramatic shift came a day after McChrystal's disparaging comments about America's civilian leadership surfaced, and reignited the national debate on the war in Afghanistan - now in its eighth year with a June death toll of coalition forces that is close to becoming the highest of the war.

Obama accepted McChrystal's resignation "with considerable regret" and named Petraeus, the head of the U.S. Central Command, to take over pending Senate confirmation.Read more

U.S. pulls off World Cup miracle

It was a stunning reversal of fortune as the U.S. soccer team came roaring back to life with only seconds to spare, beating Algeria 1 to 0 yesterday. America's greatest player, Landon Donovan, is the heart and soul of the team and he'll be joining us live this morning.

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  1. John

    Randall – We should NEVER become pacifists. Period!

    June 24, 2010 at 9:05 am |
  2. MeLoN

    True Randall.. but not only the Arabs. Americans feel they can impose their will on any other country in the world.

    Dan from Indiana (go figure) is delusional.

    June 24, 2010 at 9:04 am |
  3. Len

    Why has no one pointed out that the generals comments were actually a court martial offense per the UCMJ and thus he got off light.

    "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."

    June 24, 2010 at 9:04 am |
  4. Randall of Texas

    MeloN please know that Pauly is incapable of feeling guilty about the failure to even consider doing the Arab nations justice in their oil dealings.

    Bith of you should seek and read "Israel: The Hijack State by John Rose and especially read the chapter Oil and Imperialism...

    We have been raping the Arabs for 9 decades...we need a more pacisfisitic policy...

    June 24, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  5. Joe

    Chuck, is Mr. Obama is doing such an outstanding jobs, why, when he has democratic superiority in both the house and senate, does he have so much difficulty in getting his agenda passed through either house?
    He is democrat, and both houses are majority democrats. Makes me wonder about his liberal views.

    June 24, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  6. John

    I have a bit of a different take on McCrystal. I believe that he was becoming so frustrated with lack of administration support for completing his job, that a carefully crafted comment which which was intentionally NOT OFF THE RECORD providing a face saving method for him to be relieved without a political firestorm. He is out, basically on his terms, and by submitting his resignation to the president, he gave the president a similar way out.

    Execellent tactical maneuver!

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

    This morning's commentary on soccer:

    Did I hear your guest correctly? "[Soccer's worldwide popularity] is due to irrational nationalism?"

    This statement is vivid proof of American arrogance: when I question our military or political efforts, opponents say that I sound "unpatriotic." So, it sounds like it is okay–even expected–that US citizens possess unquestioning American nationalism, but it is "irrational" for nationalism elsewhere–even when exhibited through a love for a very healthy sport–soccer!

    What arrogance! I don't care for sports in general–but this has nothing to do with any particular sport...however, for someone to go on CNN and publically admit that they love the barbaric "game" of boxing but think that soccer is a lousy sounds like something I would expect to hear on Comedy Central.

    June 24, 2010 at 8:52 am |
  8. Pauly

    Melon, do you really believe that Americans serving in the military don't care about civilian deaths & other atrocities of war? More Viet Nam Vets have committed suicide than soldiers that died on the battlefield. Soldiers in Iraq & Afghanistan are committing suicide in alarming numbers. How many soldiers have/are suffering from PTSD & other psychological & emotional dosorders? Since you obviously never served, you should keep your opinions about the military to yourself!!!!

    June 24, 2010 at 8:51 am |
  9. Johann

    Okay, I didn't finish my last comment... but I was saying that the 90 minutes go by fast. Unlike American football that has time outs, 2 minute warnings, commercial breaks, long halftimes, etc... you only have to watch 90 minutes plus stoppage in a soccer game.

    Another point I got cut off on was that the American team had many chances and many shots on goal. Maybe he was not excited, but at the sports bar I attended, people were losing their minds in excitement for the match. That would be the equivalent of 10 would-be touchdown passes that were all incomplete or swatted down. If you wouldn't call that excitement, then I have no clue what else you need.

    June 24, 2010 at 8:51 am |
  10. David G

    The jobs of oil workers will eventually run out when oil runs out and the oil companies will pack up and leave their mess. Fishing on the other hand, should last forever, as long sustainable catches are applied and the water is kept pristine. Obviously, when discussing oil jobs, please don't forget to mention that these jobs will be gone and the pollution will have destroyed a complete ecosystem.

    Why should oil workers be bailed out? We have millions of people in this country who were not helped when they lost their jobs due to the banking and housing crisis.

    Wake up CNN, wake up America

    June 24, 2010 at 8:51 am |
  11. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    And with that last remark why would you not admonish the bullies that used their might to bully her to the point where she would kill herself!

    June 24, 2010 at 8:49 am |
  12. Jason Levi

    Good morning CNN.

    The oil spill should serve as a wake up call. It doesnt matter how much Americans scream bloody murder when there is a spill. Americans simply refuse to tackle the source of the problem – big cars and addiction to oil.

    Climate legislation is the first step in solving this problem. Without it there will be another spill in 10 years.

    June 24, 2010 at 8:48 am |
  13. Johann

    I agree with Lands. The way he talked just sounded ignorant and closed-minded. He only watched yesterday's game, has no clue how the game works, and actually sounded stupid when comparing it to American football.

    American football and soccer both have the goal of getting the ball past the other team's defenders and into a goal at the opposite end of the field. American football is more structured, soccer is more free-form. Besides that, there is none of this sense of "progression" that he mentioned in Baseball. American football games probably have more strategy (and that's compared to INTERNATIONAL soccer, not club play) and that's probably why more goals are scored, but American football also has games that go on with only ties, they have overtime, they have the same problems as soccer and as any sport has.

    Then he complained about waiting 90 minutes for something to happen. As if there was not at least 10 shots on goal At least a soccer game is quick.

    June 24, 2010 at 8:47 am |
  14. Chuck Savage

    "Ninety minutes of NOTHING"??? To the rest of the world it's 90 minutes of battle, skill, endurance and shifting strategy. Your on-air team does little but reinforce deeply held opinions of most Americans about what happens to be the most popular sport in the world. Doesn't it make them wonder why that is? I didn't grow up playing or loving soccer but have grown to appreciate "the beautiful game". Americans, don't dis what you choose to not understand.

    June 24, 2010 at 8:47 am |
  15. Pauly

    Two oil rig workers died in separate accidents yesterday. A blip on the ticker tells us little. I think these deaths are important since 11 workers died on the Deepwater Horizon & there are those fighting new safety regulations & the moratorium. It's time OSHA starts getting involved. We need to protect American workers!!!!

    Another blip on the ticker says a mine owner is suing the US over new ventilation regulations. This is just another example of energy co's placing profits ahead of their employees! How many Americans have died in mine accidents over the last decade? How many Americans have died or are suffering from black lung disease? How many American waterways have been poisoned by mine co's?

    June 24, 2010 at 8:43 am |
  16. Johann

    In all reality, who cares if the US embraces soccer or not? FIFA has done fine without the US in soccer for many decades now. Not only that, but there is a general consensus that Americans will just mess everything up. Since the Coulibaly mistake, Americans who have never seen a day of soccer in their lives were complaining about a review system. The rest of the world basically looked at America like "who are you to make those demands?" Players are making tens of millions of pounds and euros around the world. In fact, most of the US soccer team does not play in the US. As a matter of fact, I think only Donovan and about 3 others play in the states. The others play for clubs around the world and seem to be fine with it. I think Americans severely overestimate how much they can contribute to the sport.

    June 24, 2010 at 8:42 am |
  17. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    MeLoN you had called Christians terrorists because of what they believe in and for your information we only go to war to free a country from tyranny when their rulers are oppressing their people!

    June 24, 2010 at 8:41 am |
  18. Randall of Texas

    But Carol back to golf! It is a game where a person can improve past 40 and it gives the competetive athlete a place to go after his boy can't play the other games.

    But Carol when his the last time you saw a person call a penalty on themselves? Where have you ever seen a blown call in golf ever get cheered and success resulted? Not in GOLF which the greatest golfer of all time was a friend of mine from the time I was 11 years old until he died in 1996. He was Ben Hogan who told me he wanted to be remembered as a gentleman first and a golfer second.

    June 24, 2010 at 8:41 am |
  19. peyton

    Please tell macho sports announcer man that soccer is more physical and mentally challenging than football or baseball. Look, football players stand up and fall down – they play a total of 17 minutes in a three hour game. With baseball the sport's fans get to watch weeds grow around the players who just stand there and swat flies. You gotta move in soccer or you are going to get mowed. So just because macho boy can't comprehend the game of soccer, doesn't mean the rest of us don't love it. He needs to crawl back into his man cave and hibernate!

    June 24, 2010 at 8:41 am |
  20. MeLoN

    Chuck.. please use spell check. Thank you.

    June 24, 2010 at 8:39 am |
  21. Mary

    This clown who is dissing soccer reminds me of my adolescent nephew who ruins every family reunion with his childish arguing and dissing everything that everyone else likes. Why is he on this program? He is beyond irritating and incredibly ignorant about soccer. Find someone who has an open mind and some knowledge of the world beyond his frat boy trash-talking face. Stupidity personified.

    My middle class white kids played soccer for years when they were young and both are still playing club soccer in their 30s. He is SO WRONG about kids being "forced" to play soccer and hating it and going on to other sports later. Grow up, guy.

    June 24, 2010 at 8:39 am |
  22. michelle

    Instead of constantly replaying the reamarks of someone who knows nothing about the game, please replay the Landon Donavan interview. Understanding the sport takes sophistication, not just tallying obvious occurrences. Its a game played with no pads, and no coaches telling the players what to do every second. The athletes actually have to figure it out themselves. Chess on the sports field. Plenty of action for those who are knowledgeable about what they are seeing.

    June 24, 2010 at 8:38 am |
  23. MeLoN

    America does not have some "GOD" given right to impose their will on the rest of the world.

    June 24, 2010 at 8:37 am |
  24. Lands

    Someone please take that ignorant guy out of the news cast...How can he say that there is no defense to watch or anything in Football or how the US call it soccer. Please teach him the game otherwise don't let him talk!!!

    June 24, 2010 at 8:37 am |
  25. chuck

    Good for you Mr. President......... and shame on you general Mccrystal you got what every other General has got for trashing the Cammander and Chief. And well i am on the subject there are a few others out there that need to be taken down with him. As for our President rating that are showing up today are a great disappointment to this American, I think that our President has done a great job so far, i mean lets look at everything that has been put at his feet and how he has jumbed in on it all we havent heard one thing negative from him yet about doing his job no matter what has come up. I feel the american people want a baby sitter a dad to run to everyones defence, I think he has done a much better job then the last admistration, and i dont understand how so many can not think he is doing a bang up job, thank god i am soild behind him as i think most who voted him in office should still be. Shame on everyone who has jumbed ship on him, i think we should be behind him 100% we wanted him to be in washington and do the changes that needed done but what you guys must not understand is how hard change is in Washington, you have so many there who do not want change and it is a total up hill battle and it takes time and support from us to get things done, Stop the bad mouthing and listening to the GOP and all they say, its hard to beieve the people who put President Obama in office are thinking the GOP can do a better job then him lets remember the 8 years of Bush my god do you have that short a mind span.......................................................

    June 24, 2010 at 8:34 am |
  26. Lands

    By the way.... The US win yesterday was a display of skill, team work and perseverance. That should be recognized not mocked or question. Not a miracle, simply a great performance.

    June 24, 2010 at 8:30 am |
  27. Randall of Texas

    I had a friend that was a Viet Nam veteran and was in heavy action. He came back and taught high school math. He caught local bankers trying to undue his mom's will and cheat him out of the land she left him from her form. He went to the Bamk on a Friday afternoon to talk to the bankers and they wouldn't talk to him.

    That Saturday evening he set on the top of his Viet Nam locker-chest of gear and drank two beers of a 6 pack. The next morning on Sunday he kicked open the front door of the local Baptist Church and killed 8 and left 5 to die and then shot himself under his head through the throat which filed to kill him.

    That was of course over the top and wrong. He later hung himself in jail and died.

    June 24, 2010 at 8:29 am |
  28. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    You GO Pauly!

    June 24, 2010 at 8:29 am |
  29. MeLoN

    There you go again... spewing more lies.

    I have never said "terrorists are justicified".

    I said I understand WHY they are terroist. Not the same thing and a big difference. Until people like you can learn that point we will always be a target.

    You believe because the US military has the power to kill civilians and destroy countries they have every right to do so and they have a long history in doing just that. Most of the "terrorist" are borne out of America's actions around the world in the last 100 years. You fail to understand the US history with the world and you fail to think that all people should be treated equal. Sadly that it is I that has to inform you but might does not make right. That is something your parents should have instilled in you as a child.

    June 24, 2010 at 8:29 am |
  30. Pauly

    I have a suggestion for American Morning & CNN in general. Do some investigating journalism. I agree w/ Donna Brazille, you should get rid of the pundits, (talking heads). They offer little more than their opinions and as we all know, opinions are a dime a dozen.

    I wish commentators would challenge politicians on the spot. Especially when it's so obvious they are not being truthful. Doing a fact check after airing weeks' worth of lies like "death panels" & other untruths does little to report the facts.

    Also, predicting what's going to happen is not reporting the news. I realize there is strong competition to break stories but I would rather wait for the truth than to be misinformed in the 1st place. The media used to follow a code of honesty in reporting. Americans used to rely on anchors to tell them the facts. It would be great to go back to trusting the media.

    June 24, 2010 at 8:27 am |
  31. Lands

    Hi CNN
    It is great to see that you guys talk about the United States world cup performance yesterday, but is also really sad that the news cast is so ignorant about the sport.
    How could you allow them to even have an opinion about an sport they do not even understand? Really, Information is power and a news channel should know that.
    It would be nice if people supported a team that is REPRESENTING THE COUNTRY internationally instead of questioning if they should support it.

    June 24, 2010 at 8:23 am |
  32. Pauly

    In '08, one of the GOP's campaign slogans was country first. They should change it to corporate America first! It's not towing any party line by stating the facts.

    As for being an American, I'm a life member of the DAV, (Disabled American Veterans), the American Legion & Veterans of Foreign wars. You on the other hand say terrorists are justified for their hatred of America & Americans. You claim our military are the same as terrorists. I can't think of anything more unAmerican!!!!

    June 24, 2010 at 8:15 am |
  33. Charly

    Despite my extreme appreciation for CNN, I was disappointed by the soccer comments. The lack of understanding of the game has led to some not so flattering comments about the game. This is a true world competition and this is a major accomplishment for all americans and this soccer team. This is the only game played all over the world by people of all socioeconomic background!!!

    June 24, 2010 at 8:14 am |
  34. RonGreenville

    Thanks, John & Kiran for a great news program! Thanks to CNN for the program tonight on two gay men adopting a baby! If only more would be more accepting! Gay men and women make terrific parents.
    I look forward to your program tonight and hope it is a positive view on the subject!

    June 24, 2010 at 8:12 am |
  35. michael erickson

    Well now since the "bad" General has resigned (OK FIRED) I suppose the next move for him will be to take up a new job with FOX as his job is done and he is done in the military that is for sure...Surely his appearance on FOX should prove to be interesting!

    June 24, 2010 at 8:11 am |
  36. michael

    three thing to ask?

    1) why oil not contained and collected now and from day1 ? – no tankers at all !

    2) why with relatively easy repair top flange and broken riser not replaced ?

    3) why by using convential explosive +1000' in adjacent pipe well can be sealed ?

    June 24, 2010 at 8:10 am |
  37. francnnam

    Got a story idea for American Morning? Send to us:

    June 24, 2010 at 8:07 am |
  38. michael erickson

    vWell now since the "bad" General has resigned (OK FIRED) I suppose the next move for him will be to take up a new job with FOX as his job is done and he is done in the military that is for sure...Surely his appearance on FOX should prove to be interesting!

    June 24, 2010 at 8:06 am |
  39. nts

    I love Carol Costello and wish she was John's partner everyday! She is smart, witty and has a good grasp on the issues facing the world. I think Kiran seems nice enough but comes off as not necessarily up on all the issues.

    June 24, 2010 at 8:05 am |
  40. Pauly

    Whether you support the mandatory insurance provision in the HCR bill or not, it is a necessary evil. Before MA passed their HCR, a study showed many middle & upper class citizens were not buying health insurance. When their gamble of staying healthy & uninjured lost, they would use an ER, where taxpayers & those w/ health insurance had the burden passed onto them. Why should I or anyone else pick up the tab for you because you want to gamble on your health?

    As for the rest of the HCR bill, no longer will Americans, including children, lose their coverage when sickness strikes, Americans will be able to keep their coverage when switching jobs, no longer will insurance co's be able to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions, etc. Those are bad things?

    June 24, 2010 at 7:58 am |
  41. MeLoN

    Pauly.. you should attempt to become an American instead of being a Democrat... you may actually ended up doing something for the planet. Spewing the party line does absolutely nothing for anybody besides causing further division in the country – which is seems is your goal.

    June 24, 2010 at 7:55 am |
  42. Randall of Texas

    If Iraqi veteran's sought out and destroyed the lives of people like former President George W. Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney along with other officials of that administration and some Senators and Representatives I am not all that certain they wouldn't be on secure footing.

    The War Pains need to be shared equally with the rich side of town!

    June 24, 2010 at 7:55 am |
  43. Anderson King

    Love love love when Carol is on.

    Anyway, for a network and a show that is usually able to objectively analyse issues in a way I find fair and balanced I find your coverage of the Americans being held in Iranian custody really really naive, and deliberately nationalistic without considering reality. I know you would be expected to toe the patriptic line on some issues, but as journalists you've gotta ask teh first simple question – if 5 Iranian nationals were found sniffing around the border of Mexico and Arizona, they would have been captured waterboarded and disappeared forever. Can you not agree that would have happened? why would Iran treat 5 admittedly bold if not arrogant US citizens any differently when they are found "hiking" on their border. The convenient excuse now that they were snatched over the border is a howler and surely an obvious ruse the keep the pressure on Iran as a rogue state with no regard for international if they were Israel or something. My last comment guarantees my comment with probably be deleted immediately as there also is no tolerance in the US for that view either. Anyway, keep up the good job on mornings, but have some integrity in your careers and behave like journalists and not anchors.

    June 24, 2010 at 7:47 am |
  44. Pauly

    Poor Melon, once against trying to spin the news. The mandatory insurance provision was 1st submitted by Sen Bob Dole & the GOP in their alternative to Hillary Clinton's health care reform proposal. In fact, the HCR bill that was passed was very similar to that GOP plan in many ways.

    Many Dems wanted a universal health care bill but knew it would never pass. Many supported a public option that politicians & other govt employees enjoy. The GOP succeeded in watering down the HCR bill. Much like they are doing w/ financial reform. And despite the major evironmental disaster in the Gulf, are against new regulations, repealing the tax breaks, incentives & subsidies that oil giants enjoy & are against the moratorium.

    June 24, 2010 at 7:47 am |
  45. Bill Hardwick

    While we consider ourselves open minded that obviously doesn't apply to the most popular sport in the world. Football, baseball, basketball and hockey are excepted all over the world by other countries but as demonstrated by your own guests that doesn't include us when speaking of soccor.
    While millions watch our sports, mostly US citizens, there were 10 times that watching our soccor team win a thrilling match yesterday. I was so proud to be part of them.
    Open your mind America and enjoy soccor for what it is!

    June 24, 2010 at 7:46 am |
  46. art


    Who's Donald Trump?


    Happy to see you stomping on your keyboard this morning. 🙂

    write on!

    June 24, 2010 at 7:44 am |
  47. Teena

    Our football is the REAL football? The rest of the world calls our football “American” football for a reason. For the most part we are the only ones who play it. Our Arrogance and Ignorance in insulting the favorite sport of most of the planet because we think “our” sport is more exciting does not show us in a very good light. I am switching over to BBC America now for “Real News” coverage by “Real Journalists”

    June 24, 2010 at 7:44 am |
  48. Seth Shotwell

    McCrystal should have been court martialed. He has demonstrated public insubordination and open defiance of the president and civilian authority from his first day on the job. Had I said or done the same things when I was in the service, I would have been jailed.
    This man has embarassed himself, openly rebelled against his Commander-in-Chief and disgraced the uniform he wears and the flag he defends.

    June 24, 2010 at 7:39 am |
  49. George

    The History of the Middle Finger

    Well,'s something I never knew before, and now that I know it, I feel compelled to send it on to my more intelligent friends in the hope that they, too, will feel edified. Isn't history more fun when you know something about it?

    Before the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the French, anticipating victory over the English, proposed to cut off the middle finger of all captured English soldiers. Without the middle finger it would be impossible to draw the renowned English longbow and therefore they would be incapable of fighting in the future. This famous English longbow was made of the native English Yew tree, and the act of drawing the longbow was known as "plucking the yew" (or "pluck yew").

    Much to the bewilderment of the French, the English won a major upset and began mocking the French by waving their middle fingers at the defeated French, saying, See, we can still pluck yew!

    Since 'pluck yew' is rather difficult to say, the difficult consonant cluster at the beginning has gradually changed to a labiodentals fricative F', and thus the words often used in conjunction with the one-finger-salute!

    It is also because of the pheasant feathers on the arrows used with the longbow that the symbolic gesture is known as "giving the bird."


    And yew thought yew knew every plucking thing!

    June 24, 2010 at 7:38 am |
  50. Colm

    It is funny when people make comments about soccer and say it is boring and not interesting. Or when they say there aren't any battles going on to help determine the outcome of the game. You obviously don't understand the game like 80% of the rest of the world. American fans are so Ignorant. Do you think baseball is an exciting sport? Um I don't think so. If you understand the game of soccer you know that it is a very physical game and a very exciting game to watch... GO USA!!!!

    June 24, 2010 at 7:34 am |
  51. Pauly

    Will America embrace soccer now? Where has CNN been for the last decade or so? Soccer has become very popular in schools & on playgrounds. Women whose children played soccer, proudly called themselves soccer moms.

    The older generation may not embrace the sport because they have always supported sports where offense is the name of the game. To them, soccer is boring because not enough goals are scored. They want their teams to score runs, baskets & goals.

    June 24, 2010 at 7:32 am |
  52. Seth Shotwell

    I am an unapologetic American who is an NFL fan, BUT .... soccer is not "the other football" ... it is football in every country except ours. So ... GO USA!!! Please STOP calling it the other football though. America needs to face the reality that we don't trump the rest of the world when it comes to sports.

    June 24, 2010 at 7:31 am |
  53. Randall of Texas

    Christine Romans is Herbert Allison, longtime Merrill Lynch exec and former head of Fanny Mae that was tasked to oversee the bank bailout still on Obama economic officials team? I do believe Mark Patterson a former Goldman Sachs lobbyist is still Tim Gaither's chief of staff. And don't forget, an ex-VP at Goldman is managing the enforcement ivision of the SEC – the financial industrey watchdog.

    All this goes on and you anchors continue having your all smiles "I'm O.K. Sorry About You" gleee club.

    Can't find real news to report to the common folk can you cause your busy trying to interview Donald Trump next.

    June 24, 2010 at 7:28 am |
  54. Perry Sterling


    We now have as "talking heads" a Sergeant and a Corporal for their take on military policy in Afghanistan. Perhaps now we can get the insight from Martha Stewart on Oil Crisis in the Gulf. Way to go CNN.

    June 24, 2010 at 7:21 am |
  55. MeLoN

    I am still chuckling over this comment from yesterday...

    Pauly June 23rd, 2010 8:00 am ET

    When the financial giants caused the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, the GOP backed them. When the President set out to end the practices by insurance giants that cause hundreds of thousands of Americans to suffer and/or, die, the GOP backed the insurance co's. After BP caused the worst environmental disaster in the history of this great country, the GOP has sides w/ BP & big oil. Do we really want the GOP back in power? We need a govt that is for "we the people," not for corporations!!!

    Obama set out to end the practices of the insurance giants by forcing all Americans to buy insurance from these same companies?.... lol All that do is increase business and profits for the insurance companies and your insurance rates will still go up. How much of a kickback is Obama getting for increasing business for the insurance companies? Obama did nothing for health care – he never addressed THAT problem. Obama and the Democrats only addressed health care INSURANCE and improved THEIR (the insurance companies) business. And you constantly attack the GOP?... lol...

    You need to heed your own advise. You also need to realize that the Democrats aren't any better or worse than the GOP.

    Different wings of the same bird.

    June 24, 2010 at 7:17 am |
  56. Pauly

    People defending Gen McChrystal must not have ever served in the military. He not only violated the military's Code of Conduct by his comments about the Commander-in-Chief but also by his comments against almost everyone else in the civilian command. If a soldier had made similar comments about the General, he would have been in front of a court martial immediately. President Obama could have refused to accept the General's resignation & let a court martial hand out the punishment, as prescribed in the COC for such comments by commisioned officers. If nothing else, the General would have lost a star & part of his pension. Being in the military for 34 years, the General should have known his comments violated the COC.

    June 24, 2010 at 7:10 am |
  57. Pauly

    I really wish people would research the issues before commenting on them! Above, a poster suggests that President Obama is being soft on BP due to campaign contributions. Sounds much like Palin's assertion. However, the McCain/Palin ticket received more than double campaign contributions from BP that the Obama/Biden ticket did.

    As for this administration not taking action against BP, President Obama got BP to agree to set up a $20 billion fund to pay claims to victims, a $100 million fund to pay rig workers laid off due to any moratorium, the Justice Dept has opened an investigation, the President appointed a commission to look into the cause & response, etc. Hardly sounds like the President is being soft on BP due to campaign contributions.

    On the other side of the aisle, the GOP is acting like they are repaying BP & other big oil co's for their past & future contributions. Why else would they be sympathetic to BP? Why are they against the moratorium, raising the liability cap, repealing the $35 billion in tax breaks to big oil, etc? Way to go GOBP!!!

    June 24, 2010 at 6:57 am |
  58. art

    Perhaps Dennis Kucinich is right about developing a Department of Peace. We haven't tried that yet. It's quite possible it will work. What have we got to lose by redefining the military's mission as ambassadors of goodwill?

    Ya' can't choose up sides on a round planet.

    June 24, 2010 at 6:54 am |
  59. MeLoN

    People walking away from their house is the result of two things – the banking industry and the buyers over paying for a house. For a person to lay the blame solely on the bank explains why they are willing to walk away so easily.

    June 24, 2010 at 6:54 am |
  60. Joe

    People sure are defending President Obama in the firing of General McCrystal.
    Wake up America. When all is said and done, General McCrystal will have the final say.
    What do I mean? Well, he will retire from the military after 35 years of distinguished service, collect his $10,000/month salary from his military service.
    He will also write a book about this entire situation, spilling everything, make millions off the book, and there will be NOTHING that President Obama can do to curtail it. In the end, he will make President Obama out to be the weak leader he is.

    June 24, 2010 at 6:51 am |
  61. WausauFamily

    America needed a good news story with US soccer team winning!

    June 24, 2010 at 6:47 am |
  62. Art

    Why couldn't BP simply remove the upper flange above the BOP and replace it with a new BOP on top of the old one. Also who is checking to be sure the bop's on the relief wells are ok??? IF BP can bring up the failed BOP after the leak is stopped then they should be able to remove a bolt and nut.

    June 24, 2010 at 6:42 am |
  63. WausauFamily

    McChrystal's comments were disrespectful and lets hope this brings more attention to the problems in Afghanistan. “Nation building”... is this even possible or right? Shouldn’t we address our own nations problems first and then lead by example? How many lives are being lost in our own city streets?

    June 24, 2010 at 6:41 am |
  64. mike sey

    Ok, John and Co., enough with the "warrior" tag! McCrystal and his fellow soldiers are "soldiers", a perfectly honourable and honest word for an honourable profession. It was good enough for their forefathers and should be good enough for them and us.

    What on earth makes McCrystal a warrior? Does he daub paint on his face, and dance half naked around a campfire while letting out blood curdling shreiks and chanting ?

    The very thought leaves me writhing in agony.

    June 24, 2010 at 6:38 am |
  65. MeLoN

    What were the three "hikers" doing vacationing in a war zone? Iran is probably correct in claiming they were spying for the CIA. The 'report" at this late date is probably just more US propoganda.

    The story of Ron Wayne – and he hasn't committed suicide yet?

    June 24, 2010 at 6:37 am |
  66. Kevin Bray

    On walking away from your mortgage, although I wholly believe that this action is the little guy's only way to speak LOUDLY against the banking system. I pay my $3,000 mortgage on a $480,000 loan for a home only worh $243,000 today. For 3.5 yrs the bank never properly reported my good payment hx and my credit score is in the basement because of it. Do I want to walk away, H___ yeah! Will I regret doing the right thing in the future, while the banks roll us over, H___ yeah!

    June 24, 2010 at 6:37 am |
  67. Robert

    Good Morning from the west coast CNN!

    I am one whio is walking away from my house in Central CA as well. It was $490K in 2005 when I bought it and now it is worth less than 300K....

    How do you overcome that? It might not recoup the value over the next 10 yesrs. I have never defaulted on anything – and it is a bit of a personal failure – but it is the right thing to do....

    Sorry Christine! Love your reports!


    June 24, 2010 at 6:35 am |
  68. Pauly

    Yesterday's win by the US soccer team was great & exciting. It was not a miracle!

    June 24, 2010 at 6:29 am |
  69. Dan

    I am retired military. My take on the resignation of Gen McCrystal was purely political.
    Let me explain. The General and and President Karzai over the last year have formed quite a good friendship and working relationship (at least that's what the media is reporting).
    On the flip side, President Obama and President Karzai had a strained relationship (once again, what the media is reporting).
    So, why have a General in charge that has a good working relationship with the Afghani government when you have a Commander in Chief who could care less about the progress in Afghanistan?

    June 24, 2010 at 6:28 am |
  70. Scott Stodden

    This whole issue with what General Stanley McChrystal said about President Obama and his administration was sad but also disgusting to say, I mean this a General who is leading a war and American lives are on the line, How dare he say the things he said, he should be fired and banned from the military! I also think the decesion that President Obama made on Wednesday to hire General David Petraeus to lead the war was a great move, General Petraeus is smart and knows what he's doing to lead this war, he really took one for the team by accepting this position! Also congratulations to the United States Soccer Team at the World Cup in South Africa yesterday, Bring home the gold United States!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    June 24, 2010 at 6:25 am |
  71. Bryan Vermillion

    Good Morning CNN,

    How much campaign money has BP have in Obama's back pocket?

    Do you think , this is why, he is so soft on them and staying clear of involving any federal action against them?

    June 24, 2010 at 6:24 am |
  72. art

    The seeds for a totalitarian state were stamped out yesterday when President Obama relieved McChrystal of his command.

    An aside- Nunngesser's perofrmance on AC 360 last night was disgusting.

    June 24, 2010 at 6:22 am |
  73. MeLoN

    Where is Kiran today? Miss her already!

    June 24, 2010 at 6:11 am |
  74. MeLoN

    Good Morning CNN!

    Excellent win Team USA! Most exciting game (for soccer).

    June 24, 2010 at 6:07 am |
  75. RMW

    Good Morning CNN!

    Great victory in the World Cup game Team USA! Was a nail biter there for a while. Thank you for that win.

    It doesn't matter what puppet General is in charge in Afghanistan – it's a no win situation and always will be. The Americanization of that country or any country will always fail.

    Do the people spewing the BP company line actually BELIEVE what they say? I find it hard to believe that people could be that thick headed.

    June 24, 2010 at 6:05 am |