June 22nd, 2010
05:49 PM ET
8 years ago

Obama: McChrystal showed 'poor judgment'


President Obama said Tuesday that he will wait until meeting in person with Gen. McChrystal before making a decision about the general's future. (Photo Credit: Getty Images/File)

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Tuesday that Gen. Stanley McChrystal showed "poor judgment" in a controversial magazine article, but he added that he would wait until meeting in person with his top commander in Afghanistan before making a decision on McChrystal's future.

McChrystal was summoned to Washington to meet with Obama on Wednesday about the article to appear in Rolling Stone magazine in which the general and some of his top aides are reported to have criticized top administration officials.

"I think it's clear that the article in which he and his team appeared showed poor judgment, but I also want to make sure that I talk to him directly before I make that final decision," Obama told reporters after a Cabinet meeting.

Updated: 7:07 p.m.

soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. phoenix86

    McChrystal showed "poor judgement" for joking about Biden. Obama has shown poor judgement on healthcare, porkulus, the oil spill, taxes, unemployment, foreign policy, supreme court nominees, bowing for foreign kings, backing a Chavez stooge in Honduras, dissing the UK Prime Minister, the internet kill-switch, record deficits, manipulating unemployment figures, Rev. Wright, Bill Ayers, etc.

    McChrystal is much better qualified to do his job than Obama is to do his.

    June 22, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  2. Pkm

    Mc c wants to cut out beer to the troops he wants to close fast food rest in irac and he does not care what he saids about his higher ups fire gm and take gates with him

    June 22, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  3. JJ

    McChrystal showed "poor judgment"

    That's an understatement.

    June 22, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  4. W l Jones

    Repect..Repect..Repect..If a soldier lose repect of his serperior it go all the down the command and we can not have that in any shape or form.

    June 22, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  5. JP

    Yes, Gen McChrystal showed "poor judgment".
    The Gen should have completed his illustrious career, and then, should have come out in a book about the naivety and competency of his civilian superiors.

    June 22, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  6. 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 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  7. Matt

    ...and Obama acted stupidly.

    To Obama, anyone that disagrees with him shows poor judgement. I'm afraid to say it, but Obama's first year and a half is an example of poor judgement.

    June 22, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain

    This is a real dilemma ... McChrystal violated military protocol by his actions and words, and yet he is leading our forces in Afghanistan.

    If McChrystal is allowed to get away with what he did, it establishes a new standard of conduct within the military, that of a subordinate saying in public denigrating things about a superior officer.

    Not exactly the kind of situation we need right now as part of our efforts in Afghanistan.

    June 22, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  9. ajax

    And that's all you've shown from day one of becoming our president.So go over in a corner somewhere and eat another snow cone and pipe down !!!!

    June 22, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  10. Capt Harv L

    Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) ARTICLE. 88 – CONTEMPT TOWARD OFFICIALS

    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 Transportation, 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.
    Capt Harv L

    June 22, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  11. Marge

    Townsend says in her article ...cut the general some slack...Hey Townsend since you were in the security division with Bush did you tell him that when he fired NOT ONE....BUT TWO OF HIS GENERALS. I don't think so...you are just another of the republicans bleaters...trying to trash Obama. Why in the devil CNN gives you face time shows they are getting to the bottom of the barrel like Fox. But then people won't see this post because they never post anything negative about a republican...but they sure mess their pants trying to put all the republican posts on that bash Obama.

    June 22, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  12. mother and sister of a soldier

    I cannot even begin to imagine McChrystal's frustration with the current WH. Our so called Commander in Chief who has no regard for the military (proven in his SC debate statements), has no experience and cannot make a timely decision about troop support should be impreached. Obama's hands are covered with the blood of soldiers because he had to deliberate for weeks over additional troop request, take a vacation while inadequate troops fought for this country.We expect our men to fight a politically correct war, not fight to win and get out. If he is delberating about McChrystal's future, I hope the citizens of this country are deliberating where Obama should be....back on the streets! Remember....this man could not even attend Arlington ceremonies Memorial Day. He is no commander in chief....he is nothing more than a Chicago thug.

    June 22, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  13. Jack in Florida

    McChrystal has already been to the "woodshed" in the past and now he needs to go. President Obama needs to refuse his letter of resignation and fire him. Obama is the Commander in Chief and he unfortunately, needs to teach the top brass a lesson or two.

    June 22, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  14. ib

    Obama is perfect no one is supposed to question him; he know everything. Our great president knows all. LOL LOL

    June 22, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  15. rs

    Worse even than what he said, is the judgement he showed in giving such an interview to Rolling Stone! Did he not think that could all go horribly wrong? If this is a demonstration of his tactical thinking it's no wonder things are still playing out with no end in sight in Afghanistan!

    June 22, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  16. Darth Vadik, CA

    One right wing moron outed every day...

    ...why do Republicans always think they are above their position, they always accuse Democrats of being elitists, but it is the Republicans who always put a foot in their mouths because of EGO.

    McChrystal, Barton, Pat Robertson, Haley, Palin, Hanity, Limbaugh, you are just not that important.

    June 22, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  17. Joe

    'Poor Judgement" or not, this latest furore about General McChrystal just serves to indicate that, as usual, the U.S. has no idea what they are doing in Afghanistan, the Diplomats and the Generals are at loggerheads, and the U.S and NATO are heading for yet another ignominious failure.
    The answer is to get out of Afghanistan, and Iraq for that matter, and leave the locals to sort themselves out. The U.S and NATO have absolutely no business interfering in the domestic affairs of other countries.
    All this does is to rightly antagonise the very people they profess to want to "Help" and place our own people in danger.WHEN ARE THESE IDIOTS GOING TO LEARN???

    June 22, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  18. McCrystal is an IDIOT

    McCrystal should be FIRED IMMEDIATELY!..........he has been ineffective from day 1!!!

    June 22, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  19. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    It's hard to image what McChrystal has to say to the President, so we'll just have to wait for the outcome and stop being the jury.

    June 22, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  20. Marty, AL

    I'm a 23 year retired veteran, this guy does not deserve to lead our troops to Chow Hall. He should have followed orders and shut his pie hole. Oh by the way, his entire staff should be fire along with him. they all are a sad excuss for military leadership.

    June 22, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  21. Larry

    Patraeus and McChrystal are flunkies left over from the Bush administration.

    They need to both go for their handling of these wars, and the guys in Iraq and Afghanistan need to be brought home.

    June 22, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  22. dan smith

    Obama has shown poor judgement in everything he's done. Obama doesn't have enough honor to be in the same country as McChrystal.

    June 22, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  23. CBR

    The General used the wrong format. It was his responsibility to report his findings to his commander, the President of the United States. He may have many good ideas and many objections to policy, but he should never give an interview to a magazine before meeting with the President,

    His abilities not withstanding he neglected to observe rules which are ingrained into every military man. He has set himself up for trouble.

    Whether he stays or retires we will hear from him in the future. He seriously believes he has a lot to say.

    June 22, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  24. Paul H

    It was poor judgment on McChrystals part. He has a forum to state his grievances with the President. But he feels like he does for a reason.

    June 22, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  25. B. Bear

    Respect for civilian control of the military is a fundamental American concept designed to prevent military government take-overs. Both the U.S. Constitution and the Uniform Code of Military Justice require it.
    Moreover, Gen. McChrystal has a history of poor judgment. The Pat Tilman affair, the 60 Minutes interview, and now with Rolling Stone. While we honor his past service, he is, sadly, now unift for command.

    June 22, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
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