June 23rd, 2010
01:27 PM ET
4 years ago

McChrystal relieved of command, Petraeus to replace him

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President Obama announced Wednesday that he has asked Gen. David Petraeus to replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. (Photo Credit: Getty Images/File)

Washington (CNN) - President Obama announced Wednesday that he has asked Gen. David Petraeus to replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan.

Obama said McChrystal's conduct "does not meet the standard that should be set by a commanding general" and undermines both civilian authority and trust.

He said his decision to change commanders in Afghanistan is "a change in personnel, but ... not a change in policy."

Obama said he could not maintain a "unity of effort" in the Afghan war without a change of command. Obama said he won't "tolerate division" among his military commanders. "Our nation is at war," he said at the White House. "We face a very tough fight in Afghanistan."

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Filed under: Afghanistan • David Petraeus • Stanley McChrystal
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  1. what a shame

    the Afgan situation is a shambles

    he did not say anything that wasn't known

    speaking out of turn?

    of course a general is not to do that, BUT you have heard the people in the know that speak of what a good and talented warrior he is

    too bad

    June 23, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    You can forgive the right wingnuts for being stupid and out of touch, because they do not know much. But McChrystal is a right wingnut who knows better than to commit court martial offenses against the president.

    June 23, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. Kevin R

    General McChrystal violated Article 88 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice with his comments. His relief is appropriate.

    June 23, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    McChrystal has been a failure from day one. He has done more to erode the support of our allies in Afghanistan, than any other military leader.

    June 23, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  5. El Gordo

    It was Obama's call. I would have preferred a sincere apology from the general and a handshake all around, but the president is in charge. Others serve at his pleasure.

    June 23, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  6. Mark

    Why should Obama keep a competant General? I think he should get someone like Michael Posner so that we could negotiate out surrender now!

    June 23, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  7. Augsbee

    Oh well, I guess this is not a more relaxed, forgiving White House then the Republican White House was. I really was under the impression that the new motto was that of live and let live.

    I really didn't think they would be this picky, especially when it didn't bother them that the Salahis crashed the White House dinner party.

    June 23, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. Ricky Ohio

    Cheny/Bush would have BEEN fired this general!

    June 23, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  9. NiceGirl

    Yes....POTUS did the right thing!

    June 23, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  10. T

    Good The President had no choice..... Good Job

    June 23, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  11. Larry

    Once again Obama proves that he can't handle ANY kind of criticism, and if he has the opportunity, he will dish out retribution.

    Childish behavior that does NOT belong in the White House.

    June 23, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  12. Marilyn

    It doesn't really matter who the general is. We will be in Afghanistan forever and accomplish nothing. Unless we carpet-bomb the whole country we cannot win there. It is just a waste of lives and taxpayer dollars.

    June 23, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  13. Geoz

    Good move. Good leadership. As always.
    President Obama is fantastic.

    June 23, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  14. WILLARD BULLOCK

    Iwill not trust of vice presdient and presdient obama but somone are trouble blaming on mc chrystal

    June 23, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  15. kat

    obama is such a weasel. If he had any common sense, he could see that we need someone with honor and courage in the war. I think he should go to the front lines and face what our brave men and women face everyday.

    June 23, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  16. STEVE/HOUSTON, TX

    Good! I think he was an idiot from the beginning. I don't know why people are so disrespectful to a president that is actually accomplishing great things for our country but was soo content with the farce Bush administration. Makes absolutely no sense.

    June 23, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  17. Troops for the General

    This is a bad mistake. This is the second general that Obama has replaced in Afghanistan - a sure sign that this war is going badly and the White House has lost its credibility with the troops on the ground.

    While McChrystal puts his life on the line, Obama plays golf, goes to ball games, and signs with McCartney -- no wonder the military cannot stand the civilian leadership team

    June 23, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  18. STEVE RAYMOND

    Its too bad that we cant relieve Owe-bama of his command..............

    I make fun of biden and obama everyday..............and thanks to McChrystal and the rest of the military for my freedom of speech.................obama and biden cant do anything about it

    His replacement may want to consider retirement asap.......just to be safe

    Best wishes General McChrystal

    June 23, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  19. ken

    It's about time obama acts like a boss I know if I talked about my bosses that way I would get fired too.

    June 23, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  20. sine

    BRILLIANT MOVE!!!!! Insubordination should not be allowed and I feel safe with Patreaus taking over command.

    June 23, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  21. Gil

    Can't we get rid of all the generals and the military while we are at it! They are the biggest dollar drain on our country, from the Gulf War, Afghan War, to the War in Iraq. Does anybody get the pattern here about our coutnry the past 18 years? Pure militarism!

    June 23, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  22. Turnabout is Fair Play

    It's about time he was fired and replaced. Obviously a holdover from the Bush War regime who didn't like who he was working under now. Well, he doesn't have to worry about working under a n*gger president now, right? Welcome to reality former general, better get used to unemployment because you are a disgrace to our Armed Forces with your Fox News like arrogance and tendency to shoot your mouth off. Hope it was worth it!

    June 23, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  23. RCasson

    That's right Mr. President. FIRE that fool who dared to disrespect you that way. I'm proud of you. All decent Americans are very proud of you on this and every other day.

    June 23, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  24. albertcees

    * * * * Donkey! Adios pea brain.

    June 23, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  25. bj

    Is not the court marshall in order, per Military rules and regulations, for the him as well as his aides?

    June 23, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
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