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. Laurie

    Good decision.

    June 23, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  2. Bobert

    Good for Obama. It's not like Petraeus had years and years and years of military experience to back up his assertions like Obama does.

    ... Oh wait.

    Let's face it folks, if you go against the Administration, you are the enemy. All's well and good until you don't agree, then you're thrown under the bus (or probably in this instance: tank).

    June 23, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  3. Michael in Houston

    Tough decision for the President and one he did not ask for.
    Perhaps now the General's initial assessment of who this Commander in Chief is will be a bit more clear in his next interview.

    June 23, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    If McChrystal had been killed or injured in action there is always someone qualified to replace him. The military must and will continue to move on, that's who they are.

    June 23, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. Paul Ernest Show

    It was overdue. The General actions should not be accepted nor excused. As a US soldier in the 1980s, one couldn't even criticize a soldier just one rank over him or her. The army is a place of discipline and no soldier is above it.

    June 23, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  6. shawn

    Good riddance, Traitor.

    June 23, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. sonny chapman

    The United States of America can not prevail in any conflict unless we put aside the conflicts between the Red Tribes & the Blue Tribes.

    June 23, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. Jane

    Too bad we've lost a great leader. Maybe if Petraeus doesn't work out then Obama's chief of staff can do the job. We'll miss you General thanks for having the stones to say what 3/4 of us cannot.

    June 23, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. Bob of Lompoc

    No General who rose to the rank and position as this one is so stupid that he would run his mouth until it ran him right out of his job. McChrystal did this with a purpose. His future, for which he is preparing right now – Republican Talking Head or Policitian. I think there is a seat with his name on it at Fox "News".

    June 23, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. melissa, new mexico

    so sad. I can't believe this is happening. In other words Obama is a "my way or the highway" type of guy. Obama can be quick with his tongue, but not anyone else. I feel sorry for McChrystal, I thank him for all he has done for our country. I'm feeling worse and worse about voting for Obama. We need somebody that can handle difference without crying.

    June 23, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    This is not his first major or public screw up. I suspect that there are people who saw this coming before this; as in McChrystal was close to be booted out because of this and other statements and actions that didn't endear him to the chain of command and civilian authorities.

    June 23, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. cobra

    The dim wit in washington is the one that should have been removed, he is the worst and dumbest president we have ever had.

    June 23, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  13. New Age Independant

    Unfortunately McChrystal was a good man for the task at hand. Politics has no place in the discussion and trying to blame democrats or republicans over this is childish. Obama really had no choice but to replace him. It was a no win situation.

    June 23, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  14. Dan

    To prevent division, the president has to fire all the people that the ousted genera is complaining about too!

    June 23, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  15. Moderate

    He and his staff, present at the interview should be dishonorably discharged from the service – relieving them of all rights to pensions and GI services. When you take the oath, you work for the President of the United States of America!

    Insaboardnation is an offense not tolerated in the armed forces. We are a team. You don't put down your team mates and especially the team captian.

    It gives aid and comfort to our enemies and underminds the integrity of the United States of America and our Constitution; Article 2, Sec. 2; Para 1

    June 23, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  16. Carmelle

    Done deal.

    Good call Obama.

    June 23, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  17. gt

    just dont tell the truth and you will keep your job.... obama as much a commander and chief as i am ... unqualified , no leadership, ... get our troops home now mr commander and chief...no more deaths...

    June 23, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  18. Nadeem

    Tough decsion but an understandble one.

    There is always a bit of a rift between civilian and military but untiamalte troops must show respect and deference to their superior commander.

    June 23, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    President Obama is absolutely right. General McChrystal has done
    a great job for America, but he really does know better.
    General Petraeus is the perfect person to take over command of this
    mission, and he will get the job done.
    So, the haters will harp, competing with each other as to just how
    nasty they can get. But, I for one, am very happy to see this
    President make decisions, decisively, and without reservation.
    I am also very happy we don't have a nincompoop in the White House
    that only knows how to screech and talk nonsense.
    The Republicans will continue muttering to themselves, blaming
    everyone BUT themselves, however, this is one decision that
    would serve them well to keep their mouths shut!

    June 23, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  20. Pam

    I can't understand this. Didn't McChrystal know he was making career ending comments to that reporter?
    I know there was a lot of booze involved, but was he drunk the whole time?
    It is sad to see this General shoot himself down.

    June 23, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  21. Beverly - NYC

    McChrystal should be thankful he gets to resign and keep his taxpayer pension. My beef with him is basically telling the enemy he did not have what he needed to fight them. Really!!! You got an increase in troops, drone strikes whenever you needed them, boot son the ground ready to shoot anything that moves and this ingrate is in Paris with his yes men, getting drunk and acting like a frat boy at a kegger. He should be embarassed that a rag tag group like the Taliban is still fighting us after 11 years and holding their own.
    Good luck in your new career as a Fox News Martyr.

    June 23, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  22. seebofubar

    And you don't meet the standards set for a commander in cheif, so fire yourself idiot.

    June 23, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  23. T'SAH from Virginia

    Well said Mr. President!!!


    June 23, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  24. erik

    Good, I'm glad the President isn't taking any crap from the general.

    The military works for the civilian government. They do not make policy and it is a part of their code of conduct to treat their superiors with respect.

    June 23, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  25. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    Ya know what's refreshing about all of this? Someone in the media actually reports a story that isn't propaganda or gossip and someone actually gets in trouble for it. Say what you will about Rolling Stone but their political and economic reporters are the only ones doing their jobs these days. I hope they reassign McChrystal to command a supply depot in New Jersey for the rest of his life. Haha. Have a nice day!

    June 23, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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