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

McChrystal relieved of command, Petraeus to replace him


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. Dennis

    Not only should this man be fired, he should be court martialed. After the President gave him more troops like he requested why isn't this war over? If our military can't get the job done, then GET THE HELL OUT!!!! I am tired of paying trillions of dollars to support the war machine, while thousands of American troops die needlessly.

    June 23, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  2. Four and The Door

    I am glad to see Obama's confidence here in our situation in Afghanistan. This says he knows we will acheive our objectives without McChrystal involved.

    June 23, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  3. Ex-Republican since McCain picked Palin

    So here comes the Obama haters with their insults. I say GOOD! He was implicated in a cover up for a friendly fire death, he was called out for several other things and he should not be talking negatively about our President in public in his position, period! This was not Obama not being able to take the heat, or taking the comments personally, this was Obama being one strong President. If it was McCain in the WH and he relieved this guy of his command, you haters would be praising him. A person left a comment about her son and daughter being under McChrystal and she was worried about that. Yes, Obama, stand up to the plate and start being this tough leader we see here. Even if the guy is reassigned he still did not get away with this. The President can find someone just as good if not better to replace him.

    June 23, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. Obozo's Recod Deficit + Higher Taxes

    Too bad we can't relieve OBOZO today. The general told the truth. WE have idiots in the Administration.

    June 23, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. Ex-Republican since McCain picked Palin

    Correction, President Obama has found someone good to replace him, not can find someone.

    June 23, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  6. BILL,WI

    Now it's two generals Obama has fired because of differences over Afghanistan. Could it be that when you enter a war with "exit strategies" and "withdrawl deadlines" you have essentially pulled the rug out from underneath the commanding general.

    June 23, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  7. Tom C

    In the military one does not slam his commander in chief or vice-president in the open. He got what he deserved.

    June 23, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. Obozo's Recod Deficit + Higher Taxes

    Boo Hoo,, somebody didn't royal praise to OBOZO so now OBOZOs feelings have been hurt.

    What a big baby. OBOZO as POTUS is a joke.

    June 23, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. Steve in Denver

    Let's hear it wing nut haters! Bush relieved no less than five high ranking military officers for nothing more than giving an honest assessment of the war plan (or lack thereof, it was the bush administration).

    I'm sure you all have plenty of insults for Obama for relieving a general who was both not getting the job done and insubordinate. Must have been the SEIU that ordered it, right? Beacuse all neocons know that SEIU is involved in everything Obama, even if they are half a world away.

    June 23, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. siz

    Another good Obama decision.

    June 23, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  11. Joan

    This is the correct outcome. There is no way this man could work with the whole national security team after trashing them all. Only sleeping four hours a day, eating once a day and talking without thinking are all signs of depression so maybe this man needs help and a rest. General Petraeus is a fine, intelligent soldier and will do a fine job.

    June 23, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    HAHAHAHA. Commence GOP talking point Plan B:


    Meet the new plan...same as the old plan.

    C'mon GOPers...I expect to see several comments about free speech rights (entirely irrelevant and tangential) and several variations of armchair military commanders claiming this has lost us the war, encouraged bin Laden/terrorism, something about inexperience and community organizers, etc. etc. Had a general pulled this crap when Bushtard and Cheneybot were busy ruining the country, you'd all have been calling for his ballz on a platter, let alone his resignation, regurgitating the words "patriotism" and "traitor" and "real American" and "national security" like Golem with his inability to hold back gutteral sounds. You're all infantile morons. McChrystal's behavior was 100% unacceptable. And c'mon...Bud Lite Lime? Really? I guess McChrystal managed not to "tell" all these years.

    June 23, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  13. Slick William

    I'm sure Petraeus is thinking the same exact things under his breath although he is a polished enough political warrior to not say them aloud, especially in front of some Libtard reporter...

    General McChrystal you are now and forever will be this Americans HERO!

    Bye the way, whatever happened to that pesky old Charlie Rangle's tax bill and why would the Fed prosecute 9 people for simply accessing the Presidents student loan files, and where is the SEC investigation on Joe Podesto's and George Soros insider trader and collusion activity?

    June 23, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  14. Seth in Jacksonville

    This is necessary. You can't blatantly disrespect the President of the United States for the world to see and get away with an apology. Had this happened while Bush was in office, that general would also have been relieved of command. Regardless of what you think about Obama, he is our President, and you cannot do what McChrystal did.

    June 23, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  15. Cynthia

    He should not have been replaced. What he did is no different than anyone that was bashing Bush or better yet those that went after Rummy! He was just being a whistleblower like lots of dems do, but since it was one of their own, well the rules need to change again since it is OBAMA that is wrong.

    Whatever... Can you say ONE TERMER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 23, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. Wisconsinite

    Good job, Mr. President! Although I'm not super happy about the Petraeus replacement, I understand that this is a sticky situation that traitor McChrystal put the country in and Petraeus may be a better choice than bringing in someone brand new.

    June 23, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  17. Cheryl

    His big mouth got his little butt in hot water.

    Like him or not, he is STILL the President. And he deserves respect....

    June 23, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  18. Slider

    McCrystal wasn't 'relieved'; he resigned. For the love of all things sacred, can you idiots at CNN just once print the truth backed by journalism instead of innuendo and gossip?

    Petraeus would be a good choice; he was for Bush.

    Question is, does he want to put up with the incompetant civilian imbeciles in the Obama administration?

    June 23, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  19. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    I can see McChrystal and Palin hosting a new Fox show. It could be called "General Stupidity."

    June 23, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  20. David in Houston

    This is a sound decision.

    June 23, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  21. katiec

    It appears McChrystal became a little too full of hisself. His statements were ridiculous and unpatriotic. He had to know he was commiting political suicide with his remarks but apparently was more interested in the spotlight. Too bad.

    June 23, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  22. Big George in Big D

    That a shame. Now is NOT the time to change commanders in Afghanistan. McChrystal is a warrior and what that country needed!

    June 23, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  23. How do you spell V I E T N A M II

    Obama says we must defeat the Taliban or be threatened by the spread of terrorism. Nixon said we must defeat the Viet Cong or be threatened by the domino effect of the spread of communism throughout Asia.

    Well, there was Domino effect in Vietnam – Dominoes Pizza opened up hundreds of pizza parlors and Americans now vacation in Vietnam. The country and the region survived AFTE the US left.

    The same is true for afghanistan. There is no military victory there. And as soon as we leave Afghanistan and Iraq, the region will eventually resolve its own destiny.

    Afghanistan is now oficially Obama's Vietnam – a war we can never win – a waste of money and lives - and now a political football.

    June 23, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  24. Steph

    This had to be done. No one, military or not, should be allowed to behave in this manner towards his/her superiors. How many of you don't think you would get fired for saying similar things about your boss and company to the media? The military code of conduct just makes the case for his dismissal even more necessary.

    General Petraeus is a true hero. Thank you sir for your continued service and leadership! God Bless America!

    June 23, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  25. Mad as Hell

    It had to happen, he had no choice but to relive the general to save face.
    Petraeus is a good suck up and will do just fine for our dictator.

    June 23, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
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