June 22nd, 2010
05:51 PM ET

Latest McChrystal developments

Follow the latest developments involving Gen. Stanley McChrystal, America's top commander in Afghanistan, at CNN's This Just In. McChrystal and his staff made comments in a Rolling Stone article that appear to mock top civilian officials, including Vice President Joe Biden, and has spurred questions and debate around the world as well as a comment on the general's "poor judgment"  by President Obama.

Latest developments from CNN's This Just In


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  1. Smith in Oregon

    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 '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.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Lisa Ni Bhraonain

      I like your posting, Smith in Oregon~! I, too am in the NW. I read your postings on other forums.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      He should be fired for stating what every single person in uniform knows? Civilians in Washington have no idea what they are talking about and need to realize that this war is not winnable. There is no specific enemy or goal to attain. We are basically acting as police over there.

      June 26, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. Onesmallvoice

    I just wonder if Gen.McChrystal already has his eye on the Presidency for 2012.It would be a very good strategy to get fired now and then run against Obama on the platform that he would be the one to achieve a military victory there.But all that remains to be seen.

    June 22, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Chris

    I'm glad our upper leadership have finally voiced th opinion of the men and women in uniform. I curently serve and reciently came home from afghan.... THE GEN. WOULD HAVE MY VOTE FOR PRESIDENT

    June 22, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. roslyn mckinley

    What happen to freedom of speech? I know that we are not even going to win this war. The United states and the world have to remember that the Middle East have been fighting since mankind was put on this earth. Gen. McChrystal said what he felt. So now everyone in this country wants to go back to the 16th century. If i said what i felt. Will the U.S.
    government come after me? All they want is the oil that's in the Middle East. Also try to keep its troops in Afghanistan. Mankind is the destroyers of this earth and to its own. Whatever natural disasters happens to this planet. Mankind can be the one to blame. Isn't anyone tired of killing one another. Do anyone understands the word PEACE.

    June 22, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. America

    Washington Post: Is Gen. Stanley McChrystal someone the president can afford to fire?

    Not unless Obamao wants to take that role himself....Oh yeah, he doesn't have ANY military experience either. Do we know from the free lance hack @ RS that Gen. SM made all of the comments or were they the brainfarts of battleweary "unnamed" aides?

    Advice to the POTUS: Quit acting like a frat boy who's just been dissed. You and Biden need to grow a pair and some thicker skin. Let this American patriot go do what he's is trained to do. Oh, and Gibbs: Time to tweeze that dberry from your left nostril.

    The freedoms of the US are secured by our military. No one else. Think about that and our troops on the wall – all of them – when you consider slapping them around.

    June 22, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. roslyn mckinley

    what happen to freedom of speech. I know that we are not going even going to win this war. The United states and the world have to remember that the Middle East have been fighting since mankind was put on this earth. Gen. McChystal said
    what he felt . So now everyone wants to go back to the 16th century. If i said what i felt will the government going to come after me. All the U.S wants is the oil in the middle East. The Phophecy shall be fulfilled.

    June 22, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Former Marine

      What happened to free speech? Easy, he's a member of the Armed Forces of the United States. He doesn't get the luxuries that normal people do. You sign away your rights as a human being, and become the long arm of the US Government to enforce rules and regulations a WORLD AWAY.

      June 22, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • Anthony

        Freedom of speech is fine, and Gen. McChrystal is free to express his thoughts and feelings on any and everything however he sees fit, but just like everyone else he must be held accountable for his actions. That's like you going into work and saying "F*** this job my boss sucks and he's stupid and incompetant and that's how I feel" and not expecting to be fired. Furthermore Gen. McChrystal must be aware of how his statements directly impact those that he is responsible for leading. To criticize not only the strategy, but also the Commander in Chief and other key members of the diplomatic staff, is undermining his own leadership. I think what makes this such an issue is not even what Gen. McChrystal said, as much as it's the venue he used to express these beliefs. As a general and key cog in the sustained operational success of the Afghanistan War, Gen. McChrysthal should have utilized other channels to express his opinions.

        June 22, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |