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.

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  1. american patriot

    A General speaks out and calls the President a Coward and other Poloticians CLOWNS.

    Well the man is right.

    And the American people should be supporting the General because he knows these fools running our country are corrupt and have no clue what they are doing.

    Keep in mind Bush started this war Illegally without a DECLARATION OF WAR approved by CONGRESS.

    That makes this war Illegal.

    So when a General speaks up, we just fire them and dont listen to what they have to say.

    Maybe it's time we FIRE OBAMA

    June 23, 2010 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  2. Tony

    What a huge mistake his resignation would be...

    If President Obama wanted to surround himself with only people that would give him blind loyalty and stroke his monstrous ego he has succeeded beyond measure. What a loathesome group of yes men.

    Now the good General will be on the outside of the tent pissing in...

    June 23, 2010 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    He needs to resign. That will be the honorable thing to do. As an officer, under the UCMJ, his insubordination calls for a court martial. I felt different yesterday about replacing the commander on the ground since it is his war strategy, but he's not the only general who can complete the mission. He needs to go.

    June 23, 2010 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  4. jp,michigan

    The General should resign, leave Obama on his own. It took Obama how many months to give the General extra troops to do his job. Obama is a joke of the Muslim and foreign countries. His bowing did not make the Americans proud, but was more disrespectful to Americans. Other foreign countries do not see us as the once powerful nation we were.

    June 23, 2010 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  5. Washington DC Insider

    Good luck finding someone who is going to be supportive of this Administrations mishandling of the war in Afghanistan. And yes, I hate to say it, but Obama is not doing well there. He is way over is head with the oil crisis in the Gulf and now the bloodiest month in Afghanistan.

    Look, I hate the Liberal Left going nuts about McChrystal, because as it has been said before...if this was the Bush Administration and some general criticized Bush, you'd be in a frenzy high fiving each other and patting each other on the back. Likewise the Religious Right is annoying because they don't listen to reason and froth at the mouth about stuff like this. And you wonder why Independents and moderates in your own parties are rejecting your parties for more moderate candidates?

    June 23, 2010 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  6. Angus McDugan

    McChrystal wants out. This kind of man is used to getting the job done and working for a boss like Obama is probably very frustrating.

    June 23, 2010 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  7. Keith in Austin

    Oh no, our top-ranking General has to go to the principal's office to be exhonorated by Barry Hussein Obozo. Simple question: If you liberal zeolots were in a fire-fight, which of the two would you want in your foxhole with you? Nuff said!

    June 23, 2010 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  8. Blaum

    Obama is losing control of his own people..... he already lost control of the nation's check-book.....

    the general broke the chain-of-command and that is wrong.... but why isn't the press treating Obama the same as they did Bush?

    State-run-media......

    June 23, 2010 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  9. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    I agree that Obozo should fire McChrystal as he seriously violated the military tradition of accepting civilian authority. However, I believe that his comments really reflect the amateurish, inept, corrupt approach of this administration to governing and so he now must be demonized and demeaned like BP, the insurance industry, banks, Fox news and all other enemies of this administration. Kind of like SEIU would do with their enemies. But then again this tactic reflects that this administration is controlled to by the corrupt unions.

    June 23, 2010 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  10. Don of Iowa

    Good it is time for this out of control loser General to be put on the sidelines. If they do this properly next he will face Court Matials, be stripped of rank and then dishonorably discharged as he properly deserves according to article 88 which states explicitly that ANY commissioned officer who does what he did is to be Courts Martialed, end of story.

    June 23, 2010 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  11. Pragmatic

    If this general is not fired, the whole military chain of command risks chaos. It seems McChrystal doesn't have the common sense God gave a fish – who knows you don't get into trouble if you keep your mouth shut!

    The boss, good, bad and indifferent (and I've worked for all three kinds) is still the boss and you do not insult him in public!

    June 23, 2010 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  12. Ferret out the BS

    Can't get too arrogant and diss your leaders. What a stupid move, I bet our enemies are having fun with this. These people should be mature enough to prosecute a war without referring to their leadership in the manner in which they did. The lack of respect seems to have become infectious which includes a large number of civilians, not just military. If this war is to be won we must come together, respect our leadership, and get the job done and quit pussy footin around.

    June 23, 2010 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  13. Tired

    Sorry General. You need to go. However one feels about the administration this is unacceptable from an active military commander. You can say anything you want in private meetings with the defense teams or the President but in your position to go public is a mistake. It sort of reminds us that we don't want military takeovers in our country.

    June 23, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  14. Steve in CT

    The general shouldn't have excersized his right to free speech publicly, more for the sake of the image of policy cohesivness than his having an educated opinion on the war based on a military career. POTUS has no military experience and should be more in tuned to those who do. It'll be interesting to see if POTUS can control emotions or if he'll fire the general to flex muscle. My bet is on flex muscle as his history shows him feeding his ego over what's best for America.

    June 23, 2010 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  15. gary

    I agree with McChrystal that President Obama has been a weak leader and VP Biden as well. But these are issues and discussions that should happen behind closed doors, not to the press. Only if a President is willfully endangering soldiers lives should a General go directly to the press. I think maybe it is time for us to have a withdrawl plan for Afghanistan and Iraq. We acheived important goals in both countries and can consider it a successful blow to Al Queada, terrorism and dictatorship in the region. Now these countries have to find a way to make their own success.

    June 23, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  16. Paris plage

    The sooner that moron will resign, the better. He is unworthy of being in the military.

    June 23, 2010 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  17. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    McChrystal has earned a court martial. That makes him worthy of a show on Fox.

    June 23, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  18. Artie

    He who speaks truth will lose his job ! We have a bunch of anti military novice liberal clowns at this countries helm ! We all are going to pay for this administration !

    June 23, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  19. Dave

    I read the Rolling Stone article and General McChrystal sounds AWESOME!

    I disagree with the COIN policy that he and Obama are doing, I think we should get the heck out of that country.

    General McChrystal, however, sounds like just the type of General that needs to be in charge of stuff.

    Maybe we can get a recommendation for Presidential replacements instead!!

    June 23, 2010 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  20. Michael in Houston

    I can assure you that the General would not tolerate ANY insubordination from his officers. His comments along with his staff against the administration are unacceptable in any venue but especially within a theater of war.
    He should tender his immediate resignation and be prepared to relinquish his command and assist the smooth transition of his replacement...then retire.
    The anti-Obama crowd will eagerly overlook the signifigance of the Generals misconduct outside the command structure and the protection of the Commander in Chief and favor the General of course because their flag waving patriotism does not extend to the President.
    Their opinion is of zero value in this situation.

    June 23, 2010 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  21. ed fl

    You know what if the General had been killed in an accident or operation THE WAR WOULD NOT STOP. That is why the miitary and GOVERNMENT has chain of command. All can and will be replaced.

    June 23, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  22. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    McChrystal is not much of a military mind if he seems to think everything can be solved by a surge. Time for him to go.

    June 23, 2010 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  23. Alan

    Can you imagine being a general for this president?? He is one of the most anti-military commander in chiefs ever! This administration has done everything in its power to hinder the operations in Afg.
    Ex: Taking 4 months of "review" to give the general what he ask for??

    I say "God Speed General, Thank you for serving our country!"

    June 23, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  24. Joan

    Has anyone checked out the political leanings of the reporter and editor of the magazine who broke this story? It does seem that it was a story that obviously would bring massive problems for the administration and the outcome of the war. Sounds like something that right wing journalists would love to do. It is horrible for the families of the brave soldiers oversees to hear that they are being commanded by someone with such poor judgement, who only sleeps four hours a day and eats only once a day. It sounds like he has a massive case of depression and perhaps for everyone's good he needs a long rest and medication.

    June 23, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  25. NVa Native

    Our people serving in harms way deserve much better than McChrystal. He is a disgrace to our country and those serving in harms way.

    June 23, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
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