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. Lyn

    If Gen McChrystal had private thoughts of President Obama or how he was running this situation, they shoulld have remained just that.."private thoughts". You do not critize your boss openly to the media and not exect reprocussions.

    June 30, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. Maruss

    I have great respect for Mc Crystal. I read the article because of which he was fired and it's a great article, and I see that if some offensive words were said they were not intended for print. I don't think it was a wise decision to fire him. Another interesting point the article is talking about is the question: what are we doing in Afghanistan? Why while we have extremely bad economic situation in the USA we spend so much money and resources fighting in Afghanistan, with unrealistic aim of making Afghans like Americans and fight Taliban themselves after American troops leave? What our troops are doing there when Al Quaeda has most of its people in Pakistan and we could just fight them with intelligence, drones etc, without risking lives of our soldiers?

    June 27, 2010 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      You can think what ever you want when your in the Military and not get fired!!! But to tell that to the News People that is another thing all together... If you bad mouth your boss in Civilian life you get fired then too!!!

      June 29, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. Cicero

    When will the Great Obama realize he is not a military tactician. The troops feel Obama's indifference to the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. More to the point so does Al Qaeda. Obama never supported the war and on several occasions as a Senator stated that the Surge was doomed to failure. He was wrong then and is wrong now. The media is not doing their job in covering the McCrystal fiasco. Rolling Stone set up McCrystal, all reporters know that military members often blow off steam and take out their frustrations when having a few drinks at the bar. It relieves the stress of sending men to battle. Obama set up McCrystal via the Rolling Stone Magazine Reporter to do one thing, make Obama look tough and decisive for the liberal media. The Great Obama, Community Organizer, fires a General with years of heroic service. I hope it makes you feel big Obama but in our eyes you are a little man with a big ego.

    June 26, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cicero

    Thank God Obama can't read the minds of our men and women in the military he would have to fire 90% of them.

    June 26, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      Can you read the Military Minds from where you are??? How do you know what the foot soldier is thinking??? Were you ever one in any war??? I hate to tell you but the Soldiers don't like any order given to them because they can get killed following those orders!!! But they do it anyhow because that is what they have to do to win the war... They don't hate the President for the orders they get!!!

      June 29, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
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