June 22nd, 2010
04:47 PM ET
4 years ago

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. Padraig

    Darth Vaid k, ca you need to see your doctor and have him reduce the medication you are taking or see a doctor to find out what is wrong with you mentally. You obviously do not understand much in the world.

    June 22, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. Happily Independent

    If I criticized by boss and it was announced publicly, then I would be FIRED!!! There is a war going on and the General acted like a total IDIOT. Either the General should resigned or he should be FIRED!!!!!!

    June 22, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. KM

    Here is the oath that this General took:

    "I, [name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God."

    To go even further, eery military member is aware that they are bound by Civilian control that places ultimate responsibility for a country's strategic decision-making in the hands of the civilian political leadership, rather than professional military officers.

    In short, whether you like the current administration or not, you have an obligation to carry out the lawful mission as given because anything less will be subordination.

    June 22, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  4. bobby

    mcchrystal is a complete idiot..what do you mean he is sorry..it was a mistake. then why the hell did he give the interview in the first place. of course it was planned ahead of time he knew exactly what he was going to say.and when he was going to say it....now he`s sorry.FIRE HIM

    June 22, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  5. In WA

    Okay – Dems, let Gen. McChrystal resign and we will send Obama and his CZARs go to war and see if they even survive a day without hotel accommodations, their pampered chefs and lives. This administration should give the Gen. some slacks as this man had been one of those front-runner of who sacrifices their family, their future and their lives for this country. They've faced real threats and bullets in life day to day. So Obama and his administration – layoff from our Dear and Beloved servicemen of this country.

    June 22, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  6. Padraig

    I am sure if this was said while President Bush was in office that most of these people who have spoken would applaud what is said.

    What McCrystal said was wrong to have said it in public. He should be relieved of his command and ask to resign his commission.

    We are being led by a foolish individual who is a Chicago politician. Do we need to list all of the atrocities that they have committed to the people of Chicago, the people of Illinois and know our country.

    June 22, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  7. gt

    the truth is biden is a joke and everyone knows it... but the senators have to stan up for the foul mouth fool... if the general leaves .. so be it... but joe is still the clown...

    June 22, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  8. WOW !!!!!!!!!

    Prior military for 17yrs. I can not believe we ( U.S.) are involved with such disresect to oval Office.
    Never in the history of the United States has the HIGHEST position of authority has been challenge, in this manner. Call this President whatever you want- the first black, the first afro american, or the first of his kind. We as citizens of the United States of America, one of the highly known countries in the world. And we have senators yelling out Liar, and now a Highly ranked General speaking to a reporter as if he doesn't have any bearings of the position that he holds for this country.Their young men and women that stand on guard, protecting this general and what we believe in as a country. This is definitly the highest level of insubordination. Its a damn shame that this President doesn't have a chance to stay focus on the real issue for this country without these childish acts of high ranking officials.

    June 22, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. sniffit

    I wish uhbama would resign.

    June 22, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  10. CAN'T TAKE WORDS BACK!

    The general spoke HIS TRUTH meaning this is how he feels. You can't take back words and SORRY doesn't cut it just like the idiot who apologized to BP. Isn't this "CUBO" which is punishable by court marshall. The General words is a total disrespect to the Commander in Chief (POTUS) his boss and in the private sector he would be fired for his words.

    June 22, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  11. ddt

    There is no reason why the President should demand BP to compesate the Gulf coast people since they want to drill even when the cause of the spill is not yet found. Drilling right now is the same way BP did . Drillng in dangerous in unsafe conditions. The president should leave them drill but revoke the $20 billions he had got for them. Let them go to the courts by themselves and demand claims from BP, bottom line. I don't see the defference between BP and those who want to drill right now. Mr. President do yourself a favor, for get those people after all they didn't even vote for you.

    June 22, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  12. JonDie

    There can be only one commander-in-chief. McChrystal should go...today.

    June 22, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  13. Lib Hunter

    Obama should resign. Its obvious the job of president is way above his head. Perhaps his former community could pay him a few bucks to organize kickball games with the kids or something like that.

    June 22, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  14. Johnn C (Los Angeles)

    Senator Bryon Dorgan looks like he is calling out the General and I am not sure it is warranted. What ever happened to freedom of speech? If Bryon were to look at his fellow comrades in the senate and their profound use of language and called them out, we would not have anyone in office.

    Perhaps political correctness has gone too far!

    June 22, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  15. hilroy

    From news reports, did I hear the president did not know much about the general. Mc Chrystal? Ronald Reagan after he was elected had a swearing in meeting with his cabinet secretaries and did not know who his secretary of education was. The secretary was a black man by the way. He had to ask him "and who are you?

    Get real guys. Let sleeping dogs lie. This president may shake things up yet. Go ahead and make his day all you provokers.

    June 22, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  16. Slider

    Hey Dorgan, your rug needs a color treatment.

    June 22, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  17. KM

    "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".

    This should sum up everything about this situation. Next topic.

    June 22, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  18. Who cares?

    Who care if his Obamaness is angry! And we all know Biden is a tool! Good job, General - tell it like it is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 22, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  19. tcaros

    McChrystal should be FIRED. He's insubordinate and a Bush criminal hold-over.

    This guy was involved with the Abu Ghraib disgrace and Pat Tillman's murder. Fire him!

    June 22, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  20. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    McChrystal should be fired. He is nothing more than a right wing piece of crap trying to undermine the efforts of our president and the men and women fighting for us. He had no problem supporting the two circus clowns (Bush and Cheney) in their unnecessary war.

    June 22, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  21. Helena

    He has offered to resign! I'm sure that President Obama is giving him a chance to "save face".

    June 22, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  22. Rush Limbaugh marries his lawyer,and were still laughing

    He should be in front of a firing squad.

    June 22, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  23. David in Houston

    He should be fired...

    And I'm certain all the GOBP'ers who are protecting this General also came rushing to the aid of all the generals who lambasted Bush for his incompetence during the Iraq War!

    Oh, they didn't? Imagine that!

    Kind of reminds me how the tea-bag birthers continue to imply that Obama is a Muslim all the while pointing to his ties to Rev. Wright!

    Sorry hypocrites...you cannot have it both ways!

    June 22, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  24. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    This is nothing new for McChrystal. He has been an embarrassment from day one. Stanley is just like the rest of the wingnuts, in that you can't fix stupid

    June 22, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  25. phoenix86

    Stacie June 22nd, 2010 5:02 pm ET

    And the Faux news execs are foaming at the mouth to offer this guy millions to lie to their audience!
    ------------------------
    And your source for this statement would be?????

    June 22, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
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