June 23rd, 2010
07:41 AM ET
4 years ago

Pentagon asked for list of possible replacements for McChrystal

(CNN) - Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, will meet with Defense Secretary Robert Gates Wednesday morning at the Pentagon before meeting with President Barack Obama, Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor said.

After meeting with Gates, McChrystal will meet with Obama in the Oval Office, Vietor said.

Then they will join a larger group of senior administration aides in a meeting about Afghanistan and Pakistan that is scheduled to begin at 11:35 a.m. ET.

The general's job is in jeopardy over disparaging comments from his staff about President Barack Obama's national security team.

The White House has asked the Pentagon to make list of possible replacements for Gen. Stanley McChrystal because President Barack Obama wants to be ready if he decides to fire the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, a senior administration official told CNN Wednesday.

soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. Matt

    Can we replace Obama and Biden instead?

    June 23, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  2. Rush Limbaugh marries ambulance chaser,and were still laughing

    I would give Stanley his weapon and just put him on the front lines,the loud mouthed jerk.

    June 23, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  3. Byrd

    I highly suggest a general with more experience in logistics. Then he can get right to the business of ending this totally unnecessary war and bringing the troops home. Had we gone into both Afghanistan and Iraq with battalions of SeaBees to build schools, roads and hospitals, instead of infantry, artillery and airstrikes, things might have turned out differently. Instead, Bush sent a practiced killer who, if there is any justice, has taken himself out as his last victim by shooting his mouth off. Good riddance.

    June 23, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  4. Ben

    I have researched McCrystals efforts and also the praise he has received from Afghan officials. I hope that Obama does not put pride over wisdom in this case.. McCrystal has reduced civilian casualties and has been able to keep the Afghan people's trust. Kharzi himself has said he is the best they have had in nine years..
    I see no problem with the criticism that he has given and just maybe Obama should listen to him.. After all he is the one on the ground making improvements and can clearly see what must be done... I could hardly imagine that Obama can cover all bases.. Especially with the many battles he is creating on the Civilian front...
    The question we should be asking is.... Does Obama want to win the war in Afghanistan and bring peace to the region.. Or does obama wish to keep us bogged down with poor strategy... ever increasing our deficit and weakening the US military...
    His decision will ultimately show... his ability to be wise.. Or it may just reveal that pride trumps his wisdom..

    June 23, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. Guess

    Guess they want a yesman with no back bone to replace him?

    June 23, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  6. geecee

    This punk general needs to go. There has to be someone else who can run this awful War better than him and control his underlings while he's at it! Our President deserves more respect from the military than he is getting. Too bad the generals and their staff don't have loudmouth bullies like Bush and Cheney in office any longer. I am sure that breaks their hearts as they would just love to keep fighting this insane War for another 10 years. Bring our Troops home from this craziness and save us taxpayers money, too!! Sorry you boys who love to wage War won't be playing your games much longer. Let us fight Al Queda and the Taliban with spec ops and drones. Our troops are getting killed and no progress toward peace is being made within this ghastly Country called Afghanistan!

    June 23, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. Dennis

    I am not sure why the Military brass comes up with the notion that only war-mongering Republican presidents can run the military. Perhaps it is because the Republican's tend to be all to eager to put young men and women in harm's way without exploring all alternatives just so big shot military commanders can show off their so-called skills and can play with there new toys. Not to mention the billions of dollars that their war-machine buddies will make off contracts based on trumped up wars. The fighting solder SHOULD be very happy to have a President that thoughtfully and carefully considers the seriousness of war before they are sent off to slaughter. ANY military commander who thinks and feels the way that this idiot does it a threat to national security and the American way of life and the average citizen should be VERY concerned about the professionalism of our military. This guy should not only be fired, but striped of his pension, court martialed and spend the rest of his days in the stockade.

    June 23, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The big question as all of this comes to a head, in my opinion, is: What will the general think?

    If Obama shows him mercy, gives him a good talking to and forgives him, will the general see his Commander-in-Chief as a wimp? Or, will he develop a newfound sense of loyalty, and respect towards Obama? Or will his overblown ego and inflated sense of self-worth think that he is beign pardoned because he is so indispensable?

    If Obama fires his treasonous, egomaniac, diarrhea-of-the-mouth behind.....well then, who cares what the good general would think.

    I'd like to see the latter occur. I don't trust the 'good' general.

    June 23, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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