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. Jason

    Poor judgement maybe...but profound insight and accurate depictions nonetheless. Biden is incompetent in military matters, and Obama is an impotent leader incapable of decisive action, unless of course it benifits his political aspiartions.

    June 22, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  2. Mesa Mick

    I only want to hear four words from Obama tomorrow....

    "Apology accepted – You're fired".

    June 22, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  3. Stewy- Las Vegas

    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.”

    June 22, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  4. Artie

    Fire the Generals and infuse all the homos ! Brilliant Obama ,simply brilliant!

    June 22, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  5. Adalbert

    Poor judgment is an understatement. He should be fired.

    June 22, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  6. Steve (the real one)

    This is how it should be. He meets with the Commander in Chief who will then make decision AFTER the meeting. Not because the arm-chair quarterbacks are calling for firings, courts-martial, and resignations. Most of these people couldn't find Afghanistan on a map if you paid them! Now all of a sudden, they are experts on military matters? Laughable if it wasn't so pathetic!

    June 22, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  7. scarey

    The real problem here is that anyone stupid enough (and it truly takes an inordinate level of stupidity!) to allow aides and himself to be interviewed – on the record no less – probably does not have the judgment required to run the effort in Afghanistan, or anywhere else. This guy must be suffering from the delusion of being bullet-proof – ye gods!

    June 22, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  8. Don

    I agree with McChrystal that Obama is an unimpressive commander and chief but he should have kept that to himself.

    June 22, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  9. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    McChrystal not only used poor judgement but he is rude. McChrystal KNEW he was being watched for ONE MONTH by a reporter from Rolling Stone magazine! Which McChrystal authorized to hang-out with him and his staff.

    This is not about poor judgement, its about a far-right-nut speaking out. I am certain that we will soon see McChrystal making millions writing a book, working for Faux News,....... oh....... even running for president in 2012!

    June 22, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  10. JonDie

    McChrystal should be fired...today.

    But the bigger story is how Bush left our troops in Afghanistan from 2002 to 2008 with no mission, no strategy and no leadership, and no Republicans complained nor did the media even bother to report on our mounting losses.

    June 22, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  11. laurien

    Very poor judgment call, general. You need to resign. If you made a poor choice like that, who knows what other bad decisions you've made.

    June 22, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  12. Gail G. McGee

    Get rid of McChrystal asap! While you're at it, get rid of his stupid war to support a corrupt government.

    June 22, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  13. Gail G. McGee

    Gen. McChrystal deserves to be fired!

    June 22, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  14. ED

    Resignation would be appropriate in this case and if not fired. Big shot generals should never embarass the president. Besides there are 50 more to take his place. The US military is top heavy with generals.

    June 22, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  15. Shirley in California

    Please Mr. President remember: A house divided cannot stand. He needs to go. It is plain and simple. He was irresponsible and reckless.

    June 22, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  16. guy from NM

    Let see he he has the backbone to fire him.

    June 22, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  17. Bill

    It's a shame we are going to lose a good general over this weak idiot of a president.

    June 22, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  18. George of the jungle

    Thank goodness the president is showing some class. The general and his crew certainly did not. Can not believe a general would make public comments like he did when we are in a war.This has to reflect on how the Afgans view us. What an idiot. and what purpose did it serve? Did some repo give him a bunch of money to say this stuff. Has he gotten to big for his britches??? Not just resign but cn't we ship him somewhere where he can't cause any trouble

    June 22, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  19. Jane

    Gen McChrystal is an outstanding leader. Any of the troops know this and he is all about the people not policy. I find it odd that the Rolling Stone of all trash mags would be the one to write an article that casts him bad. They have never supported the troops or their work....another notch on the belt of naysayers. I support the Gen and what he said even if it is not PC–he's a no BS guy if the President cannot take that he needs to grow some thick skin and get a grip. Before long all the brass will step down and retire. Then the taliban will have a field day –when there is no "real leadership (military)" giving the troop's direction.

    June 22, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  20. marxist dogs are out of control

    The General is a Patriot. His legacy will last for generations while Mr. Obama will be known as a curse to future generations.

    June 22, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    I suggest that everyone read the article in full before making any judgement.
    This man as the leader of our forces in Afgahnistan is dangerous. He has no respect for anyone that does not think like him. Despite what appears to be a first-class education, he acts like a grunt who joined the military to find a job and go shoot at people.
    If any rank and file enlisted man said or did the things this man has during thier career, they would be court-martiialed and possibly imprisoned.
    He has darkened the legacy of great military leaders of our past. He is a movie cliche of bad leadership in the armed forces.

    June 22, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  22. Julian E, AZ

    He should have known better. If you are that stressed out, then take a drink, or resigned in honor. Why mess up his integrity over stupidity? Fire the son of a bitch as far as I am concerned, there is no way he can tell the troops to fight-on for a cause he does not believe in.

    June 22, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  23. inuk of the north

    McChrystal has served his country longer and with much more honor and distinction than the current president who continues to clumsy his way around national and international issues.

    The general's comments about Biden were bang on.

    The only way Obama-Biden will get re-elected is if they let people in France vote.

    June 22, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  24. Edwardcj

    He may have showed poor judgment to say what he said, but unfortunately he is right.

    June 22, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  25. TCM

    Who is OBama to judge anyone? Sealed records, terrorists associates, lies, lies, lies....

    The general speaks the truth, and is an honest man, unlike Obama.....go ahead General, resign, I couldn't work that weasely anti-American jackass either...give him one last salute, with the point of your boot. Obama is such a disgrace for this nation.

    June 22, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
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