June 22nd, 2010
04:47 PM ET
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Leading Senate Dem suggests McChrystal should resign

Sen. Byron Dorgan suggested Tuesday that Gen. Stanley McChrystal should resign.
Sen. Byron Dorgan suggested Tuesday that Gen. Stanley McChrystal should resign.

Washington (CNN) – Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-North Dakota, is the first member of the Democratic leadership to suggest that Gen. Stanley McChrystal should resign.

When asked by CNN if McChrystal’s comments in Rolling Stone magazine warrant resignation, Dorgan replied “if he said what it was reported that he said, the answer is yes.”

Dorgan, who chairs the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, was visibly annoyed about McChrystal’s comments, just as many of his colleagues have been all day.

But Dorgan went further than his fellow Democratic senators, most of whom have called McChrystal’s reported comments about the president’s national security team inappropriate and troubling, but have also said it is up to President Obama to decide if McChrystal should be fired from his job as commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

“We can’t have a general calling the national security adviser a clown, or whatever had been attributed to him with respect to Vice President Biden, the national security adviser, and others. It’s just unbelievably inappropriate and just can’t be allowed to stand,” Dorgan told CNN.

Dorgan is one of many Democrats skeptical of sending more troops to Afghanistan, and even voted in May on an amendment requiring a timetable for redeployment.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Michigan, said “I don’t know” when asked if he thinks McChrystal can stay in his job. Levin, who like other senators appeared deeply conflicted about whether McChrystal should be forced to resign, did warn that his comments have a “negative effect” on Afghanistan policy.

Levin also said this sends a “message of confusion” to the troops in the field, which he said “is never good.”


Filed under: Afghanistan • Byron Dorgan • Carl Levin • Stanley McChrystal
soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I can understand Sen. Dorgan's frustration. But we are combat effective and we can not replace the commander on the ground. He should be punished with a Field grade Article XV and a reprimand should be put in his 201 file.

    June 22, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    mcrystal should resign. Unless he is a member of angle's oath keepers and I don't think he is he needs to go.
    It's a shame because he just threw a wonderful career down the toilet.
    Even as a joke, which he claims, there are some things you don't say. What do your troops think about all of this?

    June 22, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  3. ib

    they will force this great general to resign for telling the truth. Disgusting. But we must cover for the messiah right???????????

    June 22, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  4. Stacie

    And the Faux news execs are foaming at the mouth to offer this guy millions to lie to their audience!

    June 22, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  5. Adalbert

    He should be fired. He is useless, and we should stop wasting our valuable resources in Afghanistan. We will never win there.

    June 22, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  6. katiec

    Has McChrystal perhaps gotten a little too full of hisself??

    June 22, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  7. Naqib

    He should retire with his 30 Year General Pay...

    I imagine he's tired of working for the new Circus... in fact... I think most of us are tired of these Clowns...

    Wonder why Barry hasn't fired Biden for saying the wrong thing... oh yea... never mind

    June 22, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  8. Augsbee

    You know, everyone is upset at the General, but just like with kids, it starts with the parents and in the White House it starts with the example, standards, expectations the President and Vice President set for all of us and VP Biden hasn't exactly held his tongue in public either, he shoots his mouth quite often and resently President Obama did say "Ass" and Gibbs is not exacltly polite, so I think this is part of the new Motto of the White House of say what you want no one cares.

    June 22, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  9. Tina in PA

    President Obama you are the president. You can not have this. You must demand respect from your military leaders or you are screwed. Man up and FIRE HIM!

    June 22, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  10. Darth Vadik, CA

    Well, I'm speechless, the reckless disregard for the chain command tells me that McChrystal either lost his marbles because of being in the sun too long, or he is a right wing waco idiot.

    I would like to say that it was the sun, but this is the guy that was appointed by the brown-nosing moron Patreaus and this is the guy that was involved in the whole Tillman debacle.

    I say it is time to clean house, from the extremist Christian right wing infested Air Force Academy down to everyone who was appointed to his/her position by the Bush administration.

    June 22, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  11. phoenix86

    McCrystal should resign, and Obama should take his place on the ground. That way, we can surrender quickly.

    June 22, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. Steve, New York City

    I think that whatever the president does in this instance, he will be criticized.

    If he fires McCrystal for his idiotic remarks, you'll have half-wits from the right (like Glen Beck), saying the Obama hates white people . . .Glen Beck – are you a total imbecile – Obama hated his mother and the maternal grandparents who raised him?

    Maybe if McCrystal gets sacked, the Tea Party can give him some nice title!

    June 22, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  13. Steve (the real one)

    And replace him with, you Dorgan? I thought not! Civilian leadershiip in the EXECUTIVE branch, not the LEGISLATIVE branch will make the call. I understand the man just offered his resignation! The general messed up and we can all agree. Let his bosses figure out the next move! I have read all the cries for courts martial from people who mostly likely even can't spell uniform much less ever wore one!

    June 22, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. Greer

    He will and should resign but he doesn't need any trash talk from another bottom dwelling politician like Dorgan.

    June 22, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  15. burke

    The problem is gentlemen, the President and his whole staff are a rotten joke on the American people. Joe Biden is an idiot. None of them have ever held a real job. These are facts. They cannot be disputed.

    June 22, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  16. 8 years of the Bush Error = How many years of recession and unemployment?

    "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 Homeland Security, 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".

    It would appear that by any definition of the above military manifesto, the good general better resign as opposed to the alternative.

    It also sounds as if the general has sanctioned a frat boy atmosphere among his aides. Giving out interviews to a magazine?

    All of which reflect poorly on the general, not to mention lying about Tiller's friendly fire death.

    He should resign and if not, fired.

    June 22, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  17. Shari from Madison WI

    He should resign! I don't believe that President Obama is the Messiah but he is the President and he should have generals he can trust to not act like idiots. I wonder if he is getting paid by the Republicans who cannot say anything good about President Obama or his staff. I wouldn't be surpised if he was paid well by the Republicans.

    June 22, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  18. GI Joe

    He's been a trouble-maker since his days in West Point.

    Insubordination – put him on trial in Court Martial. Let his peers decide.

    Loose lips sink ships.

    June 22, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  19. Mike

    As much as was said i'm more surprised of anyone who thinks the enemy is not looking at this!!! How do you claim keep this general in place and he's making fun of his own boss. Giving the Taliban what they want to here about americans......

    June 22, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  20. jimmyjoe67

    If you talked to anyone stationed in Afghanistan, they would tell you that they think McChrystal is putting their lives in danger with his silly, failed, and dangerous strategy. He needs to go.......

    June 22, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  21. Steve (the real one)

    To me it is funny how some of you sipping on your Evian who have never even camped out in your backyards can now step up and determine what warrior gets fired! I agree the general fouled up, no question. One thing for sure, if he does get fired you better make sure you have somebody with experience in executing a war ready to step up! May be the current deputy , may be not! You lefties may want to re read the post from one of your own, Dutch from Bad Newz,VA! I agree with him on little (and that's being generous) This one I do!

    June 22, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  22. A mexican citizen's perspective

    Wouldn't a general know more about the war effort than a president with minimal foreign affairs/military experience? Perhaps this was the general's only way of getting Obama to listen to his requests for assistance. One thing is for certain, Obama has not bettered the situation for the people of or our troops in Afghanistan.

    June 22, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  23. Why would you expect a war time general.....

    to have any respect for some inexperienced community organizer?

    Obama escalated the Afghan war but it's a war we cannot win. The Taliban cannot even be identified since they are a part of the general population. And since they are the home team, time is on their side.

    Obama made a terrible decision to escalate this war and it's no wonder the military has no respect for him.

    June 22, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  24. horace

    If anyone does not see a problem with what the general/ staff did I am going to assume they were not in the military and don't know of UCMJ it is very wrong and has to be punished It is like someone going to his boss on the job and cussing him out in front of everyone it is punishable among the ranks.

    June 22, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  25. Hello

    Of course Dems want him to resign. He's made educated statements that show that their policies are not working and that Obama hasn't show the right kind of experience to succeed.

    Dems like to silence all opposing opinions and views.

    I'd rather they learn from their shoddy work in the past and rectify the problem. Then again, this is the party of Pelosi, Reid, Boxer, Waters, Rangel, Frank, Dodd, Waxman, Gravel... incompetence.

    June 22, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
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