June 28th, 2010
10:02 AM ET
soundoff (11 Responses)

    McChrystal is not a politician, thank God. What he is (or was) was one of our best, who got caught up in a media made mess that had nothing whatsoever to do with his ability to lead his troops. GI's always grumble, and they have the right to do so, it's their life that's on the line. But grumbling is not insubordination, it's not worthy of the end result, which is we are now back to square-one in a war that should have been done with years ago had the politicians stayed out of it and let the military do what they do best. Our troops are the best ever, let them finish this damned war and bring them home.

    June 29, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Onesmallvoice

    Does anybody here believe that Stanley McChrystal will beat Barrack Obama in the next presidential election if Gen.Patraeus fails in Afghanistan?It remains to be seen.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Chuck

    Masterstroke, you have got to be joking, this was his only choice. Gen. McChrystal is the pure warrior and I as a Vietnam Veteran understand his frustration with a bunch of politicians whose only concern is their next election. He was wrong for his comments and should have been dressed down for them then let him do his job. Lets remember who did not take McChrystal's advise and who took months to decide then send him half the troops that was requested and needed to win. I also wonder how many of our troops died due to that indecision.

    June 28, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rob

    Fareed usually I respect your commentary and news coverage but here I must make a stand and differ. For 1, 100% of the insurgency is not Pashtun, that statement was a gross generalization. 2, Petraeus may have written the book on counter Insurgency, but if you haven’t noticed that is the most deficient arm of our Military, so im not so sure he is the one we need. 3. Petraeus did manage the surge etc which provided great benefits to Iraq, but he managed not implemented the strategy. We just fired of one of the most respective, courageous, dedicated military men to enter the service of this country, 1 year before we are suppose to begin a withdrawal. One that Mc Crystal planned, organized and has been coordinating. Why? Not because he put his men in danger, not because of excessive use ofbrutality, not because of dereliction of duty. But because he made true statements of deficiencies he faced with Afghan and US politics and people. We just scarified a great soldier to the Media Gods, so that Obama could say he was strong. The strong thing to do would have been to take the Generals comments as constructive criticism, and formally address the General in front of the nation. But that would have been too adult in US politics. Between this and Helen Thomas, does anyone working for Local, State, Federal Govnt or the Media have the right to free speech??? It seams like u do, but you will be fired and publicly discredited and humiliated as a price to pay.

    June 28, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • MaryM


      It sounds as if you have never served in the military. There is no such thing as freedom of speech in the military. He should never had said those things to Rolling Stone. That was political suicide. I don't know if you read the Rolling Stone article but I did. He did a lot of things in his career that should have had him fired a long time ago to include abuse scandals and excessive force scandals. This was the straw that broke the camel's back.

      June 28, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • Gabriel

        Mary I am in the military and we do have freedom of speech. Not once have myself or my friends been censored when talking about policies or the decisions of are civilian leadership. General McCrystal has his hands on the pulse of the military , and I can tell you first hand 90% of the fighting men of the military agree with the Generals comments. We respect the uniform not the suit.

        June 28, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. OMMS

    No matter we like it OR not, If we want to end this conflict in Afghanistan, we have to get help from Pakistan, so they can force Afghan Taliban to get on with negotiations with USA.

    We have already tried alone for 9 years alone and its not working..

    We will have to accept the fact that Pakistan Army / ISI will never let India get into any role in Afghanistan..because they do not want to get encircled by india from both sides..

    As soon as we realize above, we can we out of this mess in Afghanistan..

    June 28, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |