June 23rd, 2010
09:36 AM ET

A look back at McChrystal in words and actions

As the firestorm over Gen. Stanley McChrystal's comments and the resulting fallout continues, look back at McChrystal in action and words from the past year.

December 9, 2009: History and war
In an interview with CNN, McChrystal talks about lessons learned from the past. 

December 9, 2009: On the Taliban, insurgency and Pakistan
In an interview with CNN, McChrystal discusses the risk for a future resurgence of the Taliban, critics of Obama's timeline, Pakistan's strategic role and the troop strategy.

December 2, 2009: Talking to the troops
After Obama's major troop increase announcement, McChrystal address the U.S. troops in Kandahar.

December 8, 2009: Testifying before Congress
McChrystal testifies before Congress on the plan for the surge of U.S. troops into Afghanistan.

June 2, 2009: 'No simple answer' in Afghanistan
Shortly after President Obama picks McChrystal in June 2009 to be the top commander in Afghanistan, the general assesses the situation during his Senate confirmation hearing.

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  1. Joie

    Well worth the read.
    Written years ago, this piece still stands strong today.

    Truth never dies..it just fades from memory..


    June 23, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. John

    Billy Mitchell, US Grant and Patton were trouble makers...and they were correct.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  3. Lynsey

    GET OVER IT!! No liberal loudmouth has any problem blasting their opinions everywhere! Sorry your feelings were hurt Mr. President, but it's time to move on to more important issues. Why don't you set sail for the Gulf and try to figure out the spewing oil crisis. WHAT A DISGRACE!!

    June 23, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Rockloper

      Teatard you're not smart enough to realize the ramifications of this. Go back to drooling over Palin's b**b job

      June 23, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
      • EDMS

        Well darling, if you're so smart, school us rather than just lowering yourself to calling others names. Exactly what ARE the ramifications this? Teatard, indeed. Troll much?

        June 23, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • NC Tuff

      What exactly can the President do to stop the oil leak?

      Do you really belive that the best minds are not working on this problem?

      June 23, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
      • Paul

        I agree the best miods are working on stopping the leak. What about the cleanup? Think of this as a major fire and the Administration is focused on blaming who started it and not lifting a finger to do anything to help. Their is no question as to BP's guilt but why is the Administration not doing anything to help with the larger problem – the cleanup.

        June 23, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. Morvegil

    So you want a guy who doesnt know how to run a war to run it? Fool.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Yeahright..

      Like Bush's efforts were successful. Help me if this is revisionist history, but wasn't Gates an appointee of Bush after the rousing success of Rumsfeld?

      June 23, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
      • Mikegyver

        I'm sorry, isn't Obama president today? What does Bush have to do with Obama's screw-ups clown boy. I thought Bush was the worst president in the history of the country. If that is the case, why would you keep comparing the savior Obama to Bush? I would think you would want to set the bar a little higher. Sorry everyone, i'm just tired of people bringing up the last president when the current president looks incompetent.

        June 23, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  5. Remzi R Barolli

    He must go, the president does not need some one who bad mouths him run a war. In reading his backpround it seems this guy is a trouble maker. Obama dump this guy right now

    June 23, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      I'm sorry, but if Obama let this guy go because he said a couple of bad things about him, than Obama is equivalent to an 8-year old that tattles on the other kid in the school yard because he called him a "dumby."

      June 23, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
      • Bertina

        There is historical precedent. So you're the one with the childish reaction.

        June 23, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
      • Geosuicide

        That's "dummy", dummy.

        June 23, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
      • Steve

        Haha I said "dumby" to express how DUMB it really is.

        June 23, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
      • NC Tuff


        In the military we are tought to follow orders and respect the chain of command. If this General is allowed to publicly trash the civilian leadership then by virtue of his actions all lower ranking Soldiers can now do the same, but not only to the civilian leadership but the entire chain of command and you can see were that leads to.

        You don't have to look far to see an example. Most of the comments came from the Generals staff which means he let his staff feel like it was ok to do it. As the leader he was supposed to correct those Officers and discipline those who continued.

        If you went on Facebook and trashed your boss you would probably be fired. This is the same situation.

        Thank you General for your service, but it is time to retire.

        June 23, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
      • Chenille

        Whatever happen to "Shut your mouth and do your job?" The General was out of line by speaking against his Commander and Chief. Anyone who has served in the military, like myself, knows that regardless of your personal feelings, you follow orders and do not comment about it; certainly not publicly. End of discussion on that.

        June 23, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
      • Joe

        Never been in the military have you?

        June 23, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
      • katherine

        McCrystal was wrong to say what he did, but that does not mean his perceptions are incorrect. Obama is not a good Commander-in-Chief. And Obama himself has publicly made fun of Biden.

        June 23, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
      • Jack Martin

        Say what, you call the President childish? You need to get your mindset of the good ole boys mentality and get a grip to reality. When bush and cheney were in office for 8 years, non of you people protested, raised hell, made threats, ran your mouth chanting freedom of speech in reality they are the ones responsible for this entire SHAKE UP/SHAKE DOWN this country is experiencing, but you want to use President Obams as your scape goat because of the hate in your blood. Let me remind all of you fools that President Obama is BI-RACIAL his mother was and always will be white and father is/was african from Kenya. So does this mean you people hate all bi-racial men, women and children in the United States of America because this county is full of bi-racial people-REALITY CHECK PEOPL!!!

        June 23, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
      • Bridget

        He may have been wrong in saying what he did, but certainly not for feeling that way.

        June 23, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
      • davec

        This is how it works: The generals report to the president, not the other way 'round. A unified front must be shown to the world. General McChrystal's type of behavior has never been tolerated and will not be tolerated.

        June 23, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jeremy

        Bro, "than" should be "then". I think you should take a step back and look who at who can relate more to an "8 year old" girl, you or the President of the United States....

        June 23, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • JohnM

        You obviously know NOTHING of the Military, it's structure and why ours is the greatest on the Planet.

        If Abe Lincoln was president, he would shoot McChrystal on the white house lawn, on the eve of July 4th!

        June 23, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • bets

        Steve.. a war is a major event and support wholeheartedly is important. This is not a schoolyard or a debate ..this is a war where terrorism threatens the entire world.. If a grown who has a respectful position but acts undignified...it is questionable of his judgement. If you boss knew, that you said horrible things about your colleagues..do you think you will be around? probably not.. and that might just be within some local, inconsequential company. but imagine this taking place at the highest ranking office of the country..clearly he has been caught and something needs to be done. Its too sad that we cannot slap him in the wrist and let him go ...because setting an example is important at this level. Sorry you don't understand that ..and you compare this to a school yard situation.. you must have a small mind.... and ....

        June 23, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kenneth McKnight

        As a veteran of the US Army, one thing I learned early on is that you don't have to respect the person, but you do have to respect their rank. General McChrystal showed gross insubordination with his comments about his superiors.
        I wonder how the General would react if his subordinates spoke as franky, and disrespectfully about him as he did about the White House, and the Commander in Chief. My guess is heads would roll, but it seems that too many Bud Light Limes were consumed, and in a drunken stupor, General McChrystal let his backside show by opening his mouth.

        June 23, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • Retired Army Officer

        As a retired senior Army Officer, I know General's get relieved for alot less, ie. having his driver drive him home in a military vehicle. This is considered misappropration of government funds. To be this insubordinate to the President, Vice President, and the Secretary of Defense, the President has no choice but to relieve him. This type action will only lead to the soldiers under General McChrystal command to believe that it is ok to be insubordinate to their leaders. The only difference is they woun't get away with it.

        June 23, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • Why defend Obama?

        It seems like we all can't admit our mistakes. Yes, Bush was not a good president, but neither is Obama. Why is it everyone defends Obama with, "Well at least he isn't Bush". Don't we deserve something better from our leaders? Don't we deserve someone who's greatest accomplishment isn't that he isn't as bad as the last guy? Democrats, just admit this guy is not a good president, get involved in your party and take him off the ticket for 2012, or vote for a different ticket. Don't feel the need to defend your pick blindly because you want to justify your vote back in 2008. We need someone that can protect our liberty, defend our country, and deal with economic, social, political and other issues that arise, Obama is not that person, take the blinders off and let's try to find that person regardless of which party he respresents.

        June 23, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Acaraho

        You know nothing about the military code of conduct.

        June 23, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • sam311

        What a very childish analogy!

        June 23, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • sam311

        This is a very childish analogy!

        June 23, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • sam311

        This is a very childish analogy! McChrystal must be fired.

        June 23, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • chris K MD

        It's all about respect. The army is a noble profession where people live with honor and respect for their superiors. Put it another way, if a private in the army said the same things about his/her general wouldn't the poor lad be court martialed? Wrong is Wrong period!

        June 23, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • Steve

        Apparently, none of you stopped to think about where my comment was coming from (I understand many of you jump the gun before thinking, it's cool). I just think it's rather childish that the commander was (or will be) fired for some comments that were off the record, yet a strategy that is putting young men at greater risk (spare me the "YOU DON'T KNOW LOL" comments, I've heard enough stories from the half dozen people who are/were there) than they need to be (there's correct use of "than" for you... make sure to never make a grammar mistake or I'll call the grammar police too) wasn't grounds for a firing (or at least a scolding). I'm not saying it's right what he said, but the reaction seems rather childish. Did any of you even read the full article?

        June 23, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • P. Norman

        You've obviously never been in a position where chain of Command is important. A foot soldier disagreeing with his CO or authority in an open forum is very bad and you have to squelch that right away. A General, let alone THE General of ground forces in Afghanistan to say something disrespectful out in the open is outrageous and can't be tolerated! EVER!!! Nothing will work with out a chain of command. Obama had to replace him!

        June 23, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • Steve

        Maybe part of the reason why we're in this mess is because we have a bunch of "yes" men at the top? McCrystal is the top commander of the armed forces in Afghanistan. His boss doesn't have a clue about the military (I'm not claiming I'm the military genius of the century... but I'm not in a position of power). Try reading the article.

        June 23, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • LaLeigh

        Steve – comparing this to 8-year olds on a playground just reinforces the mentality of this whole thing. GROW UP! The guy's poison, and he needed to go. I'm proud of Obama for sticking to his guns on this, since he hasn't always done so when I think he should have. This is a mature, brilliant, sensible administration, and if you weren't so full of hate and closed-mindedness, you might be able to see that. Again, GROW UP!

        June 23, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sgt (Rt) Vanaberg

        You sir are truly a fool and clearly non-American! Pres Obama is our Comander and Chief with the best intrest for ALL Americans!

        You are a FOOL with no respect for chain of comand.

        June 23, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ian

        Completely agree. Listen to this guy talk. He has studied this region. He knows wars. He knows tactics. He has a firm position and is steadily chipping this network away. There's no quick fix. Perhaps Obama should put a moratorium on battling the talidban because without this guy he's taking a huge setback in US efforts. Foolish

        June 23, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • Steve

        Not really sure why I'm a "fool" for the remarks I've made.

        – Implementing a strategy that doesn't appear to be working (and costing hundreds of troops their lives) gets you a hand shake.

        – Saying such rotten things like "Obama looked intimidated when we first met" gets you immediately fired. I just find it alarming that a reporter who used 90% of his material from unnamed sources can bring down the general and architect of the most complicated military strategy in U.S. history... there's a problem. I'm utterly surprised that most of you are unable to see that.

        June 24, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
      • Gary

        I think Steve is right on! If you can't stand a little criticism, get out of the white house!

        June 24, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ross

        Steve. Call your boss a "dummy" in an article in rolling stone magazine and see how well it goes over at work on Monday. Also, that is just a civilian job (I'm guessing?). Here in the military you are more than welcome to have your own strong opinions and discuss them with whoever you should so choose. So as Ross I can say that I think "x, y and z" but as Senior Airman Martin my opinions belong to the United States military currently headed by PRESIDENT Barrack Obama and you don't even disagree publicly, much less insult. That is why he was fired.

        June 25, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • Steve

        I understand, Ross. But my point is based on the logics of the whole thing. Just the way it sounds to me. In my opinion (largely based on what I hear from people who were/are on the ground), the strategy is messed up and needs to be changed. I think McChrystal's policy (helped formed by politicians) on the ground, which limits our soldiers capabilities (and puts them in greater danger) is ridiculous, and should be a big reason why he was fired. The comments McChrystal made should be "of the last straw" type of variety.

        Best way I could put it is like this. Running a failing strategy doesn't get you fired, but saying some off-the-cuff remarks about the President, a few senators, and others gets you fired.

        Strategy that's getting troops killed because it's dumb = stay
        Saying some words that sounded kind of mean = fired

        Get my point, now?

        June 26, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scar1

      This guy not General disobeyed the President-Commander In Chief and Vice President. What an idiot!! This is not a dictatorship. We are not in North Korea, China, Cuba???? We are a Democracy. This guy got the "big head" and thought President Obama or thinks President Obama can not do without him-Wrong. Strip him down to grunt and kick his butt out the door. Can you imagine the damage he has caused. A fool indeed. He is sacrificing our men on a mission for his self centered glory. This is about an effort to make a difference to the people of Afganistan and the US. Glad he is out the door-he was too cozy with Afghanistan President who is really questionable.

      June 23, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
      • notinyourlifetime

        Why not get rid of the butthead in charge? The article was written by a left-wing "writer" for a left-wing magazine – who was inexplicably given access for a month. Kind of a hatchet job you'd expect. Read the article – almost all of the comments were by junior officers or "unattibuted"... not McChrystal. MC admittedly did make a mistake by not keeping his junior officers in line... but a difference of opinion being a basis for dumping him? We have an egomaniac in the White House, that much is clear.

        June 23, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
      • P. Norman

        You have no idea what you are saying do you? Have a cookie and take a nap somewhere...

        June 23, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dr. Blaney

      Actually, Obama should go. McChrystal is brighter, a leader and a manager who has more class, brains, and leading ability in his pinky than Obama will ever have. Obama is a vacationer, a golfer and a fraud. McChrystal used bad judgment in conducting this interview with such a lightweight magazine. The NY TImes or the Washington Post would have been more desirable. Obama is not a leader, a manager or a thinker. He is a cancer killing this country and needs to go immediately.....unfortunately, we are stuck with him as a lame duck President for a while.....

      June 23, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
      • John

        Hey Dr. Blaney, have you servd in the military? I do. I'll take both men over you as a leader any day

        June 23, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
      • paula thomas

        Dr. Blaney, for the public's sake I hope you're not a medical doctor. You're not only wrong about the president's record as far as being a golfer, vacationer, ect you're also wrong from projecting who and what the former president did and was on to this president. You like most of the folks who think like you, are in for a big shock when not only the president wins another 4 years despite the constant roadblocks that has been put in his way since he became president, but for thinking the American public is as stupid as you and the members of the tea party!!

        June 23, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan

        What's up Doc? You are a nut!

        June 23, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
      • Nick

        Dr. Blaney, I don't think you are real doctor. Whatever you are spouting seems to be from a shallow, uneducated guy. President is the commander in chief (did you get that) and he can decide what to do and not someone like you.

        June 23, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
      • JohnM

        You are the reason we have an "electoral college"
        If Abe Lincoln was president, he would shoot McChrystal on the white house lawn, on the eve of July 4th.

        June 23, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Eric

        McChrystal needs to shutup and get moving...he's a disgrace to all who serve and has his own agenda.
        Pres. Obama a golfer? I think that's Tiger...oh yea I forgot ...we all look alike.

        June 23, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • P. Norman

        Dr. Blarney, you are saying that getting drunk and saying these disparaging things to your commander in Chief is Classy? Hummm, I don't see it that way. To not appreciate someone because of your political views is one thing but to say these things you have just said makes no sense. You above many others should understand that? Strange???

        June 23, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Maria

        Very disrespectfull comment.Instead to talk bad about our President, why don't you write a letter to him sugesting him how to do things better?Mr. Smart!...

        June 23, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • Maria Hunt

        You should be ashame of your comments about the President of the United States of America!If you know everything, why don't you run for President
        next election???

        June 23, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • Gary

        Dr. Blaney is so correct. What ever happened to constructive criticism? King Bush the second should have bombed Al Qaeda bases, got Bin Laden when he had the chance and we'd be finished. Kick up more trouble and we'll bomb or invade to take care of business quickly. No $300 trillion war bill and 5000+ Americans killed.

        June 24, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      WOW, McChrystal just told it like it is, good for him. This administration and especially Obama doesn't have a clue.
      Just wait until Gates is retired or out of office and can tell what he really thinks. This administration's legacy
      will have a lot to be desired when it's all said and done. Fasten your seat belts. We can only pray that 2012
      comes quickly.

      June 23, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
      • FTHoodlex

        "It's funny to read you comment..."he is telling it like it is" now I am all for those to have an opinion really I am. In this situation he is military either way you look at it Obama is his Command and Chief. For him to speak like this of his is direspectful, unloyal. My point is Leadership I sure there are a lot fo thing his soldiers don't agree with. Can they "tell it like it is" ? This is a disgrace to the military, it's sad people are loosing their lives in a war that was started before Obama was in office..... oh how we forget about Bush...guess Obama is the fall guy..would you say?

        June 23, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • BF

        What would happen if a Major in the army consistently and openly criticized, and poked fun at his commanding officer, let's say a Colonel? Answer: ass kicked, demotion, etc. This case is even worse as President Barack Obama is THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF ALL MILITARY FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. You Obama-haters are the danger in a very critical international situation. Don't forget that you are the same ones that supported Bush and his cabal of corporate, corrupt evil-doers in jacking up, probably beyond repair, our international standing and starting the wars in the first place. FIRE HIS ASS!

        June 23, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • Eric

        You have obviously never been in the military. You never ever ever tell it like it is...you ignorant bystander. I have served in Afghan, Kuwait and Iraq for 3 of the last 4 years and I too can't wait for Gates' memoirs...they will surely tell of Bush's disgusting lies.

        June 23, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • P. Norman

        Jay, there is no problem telling it like it is to the person who needs to hear it. IE. the President! But not in an open forum in front of for god's sake ... a Rolling Stone's magazine reporter. Adults, someone like McC who has risen to this high rank should know with out question what he did was stupid. Nothing wrong with speaking your mind ! I tell my kids this everyday. But, talk to the source ... not behind peoples backs. This makes the US look stupid, uncoodinated and as if communication were an afterthought! Here we've hired some guy in charge of hundreds of thousands of men who publicly berates his commander in Chief. Intelligent people don't do this. Think about it!

        June 23, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Steve

        This isn't a Major violating an order from a Colonel. This isn't a PFC violating the order of an NCO. I don't get how a dozen of you come in here talking about "chain of command" as if McChrystal violated some type of sacred order that was given. Is Obama his boss? Yes. Does Obama know a thing about the military? Hell no. Did McChrystal "violate an order"? NO.

        When politicians run the war, we get what we're getting in Afghanistan right now. I'm not saying McChrystal shouldn't have been fired. On the contrary, it might be a blessing in disguise. But he was fired because of some off-the-cuff remarks that "unnamed sources" mostly were quoted for. McChrystal was the guy in charge of the most complicated strategy in the history of warfare (tell me of a more complicated strategy than trying to award warriors for NOT being warrior-like) and he's brought down because of a few choice words about his POLITICAL commander... that for all you know, he didn't even make? Imagine Patton getting fired in the middle of WW2 for slapping that poor soldier because he was shell-shocked (in my opinion, that was more of a serious issue than saying "Obama looked intimidated when we first met"). I understand violating the chain-of-command and talking bad about your boss is a bad thing... but I'm not in charge of hundreds of thousands of lives, trying to run a complicated strategy. And in reality, neither is Obama (I mean in direct command of it) I feel Obama jumped the gun and fired him without thinking about it.

        If this was the "last straw" of a series of problems... like the problem of implementing a failing strategy... than I could say that I'm fine with the firing. But being fired for some choice words is childish, no matter how you look at it.

        June 24, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
      • Belig

        Why so much negativity about the President. What is the problem here? Gen. McChystal was dumb for what he said, drinking or not. He desired to be relieved of his duties. It was the right thing to do. End of story. Let's move on people. And Dr. what is your problem. When will all the hatred end? Is it because he's not a good President or because he's a Black President. Amen.

        June 24, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • cookie

      How many of the people making comments have fought on a front line ? We are proud of one thing in the Free World. (Freedom of Speach ) More power to him and others for speaking their mind when they are fighting so we all can have ours. Don't like the comments move to Cuba or another county where freedom doesn't exsist. Because thats where America is heading under this President.

      June 23, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
      • NC Tuff

        Trade you your war record for mine.

        Based on your comment I doubt if you hvae one.

        June 23, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
      • cmdr101

        It makes no difference where you are in the chain of command, on the front line or rear support. There are regulations regarding the undermining of the chain of command and regardless of your views of the CinC his position must be respected.

        June 23, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
      • Jazy

        @cookie – This was not "speaking his mind" as you call it. This was trash-talking his superiors. Not allowed in the military and completely unwarranted. His type of bashing of those who disagree with him is detrimental to his command and to the war effort. He should be fired.

        June 23, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • FTHoodlex

        I take it you never been to war...or had to see soldiers leave their families for this war that is so called over. Have you forgotten that Bush started this? In the military they teach Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, Personal Courage.... let's see he showed he is not loyal to his chain of cammand, forgot his duty as a soldier, no repect, turned into selfish service, integrity hmmm you tell me, and personal courage yea wanted to resign before facing the President... Do you really want this person leading your loved ones in a war..honestly? This is so much bigger than what you see.

        June 23, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bwanaron

      It is obvious that those that say "Let him go" have no concept of what it is like working 7/24 in a hostile environment... .being away from family for long lengths of time...the General voiced his concerns, concerns over the safety of other Americans in his command...how many of our elected officals have served in our military...let alone in Vietnam...Iraq....Afganhistan....etc.....if they think they can do a better job then let them step up to the plate.....let them be compensated at the same rate as our soldiers....be away from their familys for a year or more...numerous times.... get off your whiney butts....maybe by someone stating the TRUTH we can put an end to the stupidity in the Middle East.

      June 23, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Iraq Vet

      Who the current President is, what party he belongs to, or how "good" a job he is doing is irrellevant.
      As a Commissioned Officer he was toeing the line with violating the UCMJ (article 88). Period. An Officer and leader of troops should know better. As a senior General he DOES know better.
      Had one of General McChrystal's subordinate Battalion or Brigade Commanders pulled a stunt like that on him, they would have been sent to pature – and rightfully so.
      As a soldier, it does not matter if I liked, dislike, voted for or against the President. He is the President. Behavior like that would not have been tolerated in the Reagan or Bush White Houses and should not in this one either.

      June 23, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • You are all right

      For those of you that said fire the General, he needs to respect the office and lead by example, you are correct. For those of you that said fire the President he is inept militarily, doing a terrible job in the gulf, pushing his liberal socialist agenda, allowing illegal aliens in so he gets re-elcted by the growing hispanic minority at the costs of risking our national security and causing economic hardship to Americans, trying to convince g-20 leaders we need to be less fiscally responsible than ever before, so we can survive the downturn in the economy. How? Bigger goverment, more stimulus, 400 million for Hamas, well the people saying we need to get rid of this guy, you are also right.

      June 23, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patriot1653

      this a not a historical precident... this has happened plenty of times before. and if you read his history as you said, you would see that this man has commanded THE most elite and secretive groups on the planet who were responsible for capuring or killing several huge names in the war, as well as was a major architect in every aspect of both wars... this guy is no one to be just dismissed as "a trouble maker". although, he screwed up, but thats what happens when you push the envelope for so long, and then take orders from a guy who has never even picked up a rifle in defense of his country.

      June 23, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • sjajr

        Did you ever serve in the military?

        June 23, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • mike

        picking up a weapon in defense of the country, although admirable, is not a preqequisite for being President. And as you know the military answers to civilian authority. That's the way it is. It doesn't matter if the General is light years smarter than the President.

        June 23, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brett

      First of all, why the hell are we at war, were broke! Obama seems to be displaying a NERO like complex here by making such a big deal over some article. There are bigger issues like the oil spill and the economy.

      June 23, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Eric

        Brett...you are trully a moron...we should forget about troops in the field and worry more about an oil spill?????

        June 23, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • patrick d. mccarrick

      When I was a small boy, I wanted to be a soldier. My mother told me a thousand times, "The pen is mightier than the sword." I didn't listen; I took up the sword. I have seen a thousand times, my mother was right.
      By all (previous) accounts, this guy was of the best and brightest. Show your laundry to "Rolling Stone?" How foolish can he be?
      Old Soldier

      June 23, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • juju

      And let's not forget the Pat Tillman fratricide. McChrystal was in charge of covering that up! He was a 1 Star General at the time.

      June 23, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • harrington

      After reading many of the comments, it's quite obvious. You people are clueless.
      Most of the comments came from his staff, not the General.
      If we are at war, let the warriors do their job. Not the pencil pushers back in Washington.
      Why do you think we haven't won a war since WWII ? Grenada doesn't count.
      This guy has gained the trust/respect of the Afghan people on the ground; an extremely difficult task.
      Replacing him at this stage will only make things worse for the troops on the front lines.
      Should we be their in the first place ? probably not.
      However, we are, so let the folks who understand the complexities of this type of conflict do their Jobs.
      He made a mistake. Let it GO!
      Quite frankly, the quotes from the article were 100% accurate.

      June 23, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • greg

      Obama deserves the same respect that general G. Washington gave to his leader, King George.

      June 23, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skip

      Remzi, I totally agree with you, and I'd bet this guy is a Republican. I could see him doing a series of interviews and I know, he just gotta have a book, coming out soon. I am going to predict that this guy is going to become the "Darling" of the Republican Party, and he'll run for office, sometime, in the not too distant future. Either for Congress, The Senate or a Governorship, this would the first phase of his plan to run for President down the road.

      June 23, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cicero

      Now that Petraeus has replaced McCrystal what if he disagrees with Obama publicly or privately in a conversation with his peers at a bar, will he then be accused of insubordination and replaced with a Obama lap dog. There should be a investigation by News organizations into the conduct of Rolling Stones Reporter in setting up General McCrystal. Reporters in War zones know that military officers blow off steam due to stress and they often raise heck with politicians that create the mess for the military to clean up. Something stinks here and I hope it gets out in the open. I personally believe that Obama was afraid that General McCrystal was thinking of running against Obama in 2012. Obama had to discredit him and the Rolling Stone reporter was sent to do the hit job.

      June 26, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      This is a tricky "war". With the whole world watching and everyones skewed ideas on what is right and wrong its nearly impossible to win. Those insurgents have no ROE's. They dont give a crap how many innocent civis are killed. You cant really fight a war like that with rules. I blame the hummanitarian(sp) groups for complaining so much. With out them we could wage a real war.
      The president has a tough job. He is NOT a military leader but a poltical leader. He has to run a military when he probably has little to no idea on how military strategy works. Congress also makes it difficult for him to get anything done. It takes a lot to change anything. Also the U.S Media doesnt really help either. Whomever runs that needs to be taken down and replaced with someone with common sense. Not someone who cares about a "good story"
      Moral of the story is that Gen. McChrystal was both right and wrong. He was wrong in the fact that he broke the rules but "right" in what he said. He wanted change. He knows what it would take to win the war and vented it. Hell now a days you could call your boss a bad name and if he fired you you could take it up with HR and get yout job back. The military is different with a different set of laws. As long as the orders are legal you must do them. With out complaining or any other noise.

      July 1, 2010 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |