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. Dis-gusted

    It is really surprizing the general shot his mouth off like he did. I recall noticing my Col. neice, when we would have family gatherings, she would never express an opinion when we had conversations concerning politics. She seemed to be honoring military rules. After serving thirty years she retired and only had five years before she died. I sure hope the military appreciated her.

    June 23, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  2. g

    sounds like the general wanted to find a way out of the afganistan mess

    June 23, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  3. thor

    McCrystal needs to tell little "Jimmy Obama" to go take a flying leap.This commander in chief is taking us down the path to another Nam when he should be bringing our troops home.I guess he wants to make example of McCrystal about kicking some booty because he's failed so miserably in the Gulf disaster.Now, he got to show us that he can really be tough,ooooh...........

    June 23, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  4. ConsiderThis - FL

    It is obvious that General McCrystal's and his staff's profile is that of a band of renegades. Insubordination, especially in a military setting, is inexcusable. No one is unreplaceable. There should be no question as to whether or not PRESIDENT OBAMA should fire McCrystal. Case closed.

    June 23, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  5. Linda B., Ga.

    Maybe this time a REAL soldier will get a chance. Didn't this McChrystal guy have something to do with the Tillman cover-up? uh huh, uh huh, uh huh!

    June 23, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  6. Big George in Big D

    I'm not saying what happened with the news rag Rolling Stone (they are very dishonest reporters) was right but I'll tell you what will be totally WRONG – if Obama isn't the "better person" and accepts McChrystal's apology (without firing him), that will be WRONG!! McChrystal has been touted, many, many times as being the best for the job he's currently assigned to and if Obama can't be "big enough" to accept the apology, scold him behind close doors, and then let business continue as usual, we are in worse trouble that I thought with this current administration.

    June 23, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  7. Marcus

    There's something called chain of command.
    Say that Chrystal was a soldier and Obama a lieutenant, could Lt. Obama have Chrystal cour-martialed for his comments?
    But, ten to one, I actually thinks that this has everything that is needed to become a modern day 'MacArthur vs. Truman' stuff.
    Do you remember?
    MacArthur wanted that Truman allowed him to use nuclear weapons in the Korea War (among other strategies), Truman didn't wanted to use them, MacArthur publically criticized the Commander-in-Chief of the USA, the Republicans used the public outrage about MacArthur being forced to leave the Army (he was 'fired') in their favor, only to after finally returning to the White House after 20 years do some basic research and find out that Truman was right...

    June 23, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  8. gt

    if "foul mouth bite me" biden wasnt such a moron this would of never happen... obama needs to fire biden and keep Mchrystal.....

    June 23, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  9. Eunice

    Fire him.....He KNOWS better. That's what he would do if his aids had spoken to him in the same manner and it appeared in an article.

    NO ONE is non-replaceable.

    June 23, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  10. Sherry

    Perhaps the key here is to no longer allow embedded journalists in the field. It is apparently too distracting for service members to be able to do their jobs and focus on the job at hand and too tempting to disparage his Commander in Chief. McCrystal is far too intelligent for this to have been an "accident or having mispoke." He obviously has no respect for his Commander in Chief, Vice President Biden or Cabinet Members and most likely feels he has them over a barrel since it has been said "Obama needs him more than HE needs Obama." How does a Commander in Chief have confidence in someone who mocks him and his people? I guess we will see eh? So pathetic.

    June 23, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  11. sifto77

    Obama hired the guy–and then refused to listen to him and give him the troops and things that he needed for success–another example of poor leadership...McChrystal could not do his job properly with the resources he was given–understandable frustration..and not fair of Obama–buck stops at the top for failure of this mission...

    June 23, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  12. Willy Brown

    Gen. Stanley McChrystal only spoke the truth.

    June 23, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  13. Randall in Torrance, CA - Obama is going to have a "one way" conversation withe General: "You're fired"

    None of this would ever have happened if Karl Rove and Jarge Bush and Dichead Cheney would not have attacked the wrong country after 9/11. But stoopid Tea PArty NAzi's and demented Republicans are still obsessed with war against oil rich countries and the American middle class.

    June 23, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  14. Get A Grip

    Get rid of Oblamer and replace him with McChrystal. McChrystal has military experience and his skills are what is needed fighting this war.

    Oblamer has great 'community organizer' skills and that's what is needed in Afghanistan.....so keep McChrystal here and ship Oblamer to Afghanistan.

    June 23, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  15. snow

    It was foolish of the General to talk the way he did but then he had shown this foolishness before because he voted for nobummer.

    June 23, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  16. McLean

    I am sure you have heard about McChrystal. Not surprisingly he is disciplined guy who runs 7-12 miles a day and works constantly with about 4 hours of sleep. Known to very smart. My question is based on his intellect and discipline what would cause him to make such comments about Obama and others? Is there a major divide on what McChrystal and Obama want to accomplish?

    June 23, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  17. Adalbert

    Forget the replacement. Bring our soldiers home. There is nothing to win in Afghanistan.

    June 23, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  18. dale

    Sure... Put Americans in harms way because he don't agree with the liberal BO and team. Soom all Americans will know how bad this president and his team are. I suppose BO knows how to fight a war better....

    June 23, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  19. oy vey az

    Keep the general. Fire his inner circle staff.

    June 23, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  20. Lucullus

    What General McChrystal did was gross insubordination, nothing more, nothing less. Let's remember that the military is subservient to the civilian authority. If McChrystal is not held accountable for his actions that could very well lead to a breach of discipline. As it now stands, with the death of the draft and an all volunteer army there is now a growing military caste in this country. If not kept in check, In time they will feel entitled to question policy and refuse to obey orders they don't like

    June 23, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  21. johnnyhouse

    Let him and the President switch jobs.

    June 23, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  22. Fire Him

    The General can have an opinion, but the way he displayed his opinion was disrespectful, counterproductive, insubordinate, and unprofessional. As a top official, you are held to higher standards for keeping your composure, especially in the US military. Clearly, his mind is not right to support the ongoing mission\; otherwise, he wouldn't have been so careless in the first place.

    June 23, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  23. johnnyhouse

    I am glad that you finally cleared up the fact that the General said nothing about Obama even if it did take a couple days.

    June 23, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  24. Enough

    Obama needs to toughen up and develop thicker skin. If McChyrstal is replaced to spare Obama's bruised ego then Obama is not doing what is best for the country.............but that would come as NO surprise.

    June 23, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  25. Sylvia Moseley

    It is very surprising that a senior officer would allow his subordinates to make disparging remarks about their superiors in his presence. It is even more surprising that subordinates would feel free to do so in his presence. It gives me the impression that GenMcChrystal shared the views of his staff which is why they felt safe in making their comments in his presence and the presence of the reporter.

    June 23, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
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