June 23rd, 2010
07:11 PM ET
4 years ago

Source: McChrystal knew he lacked support at White House

Washington (CNN) - Gen. Stanley McChrystal knew he lacked White House support when he walked into an Oval Office meeting Wednesday with President Barack Obama, a source close to McChrystal told CNN.

According to the source, McChrystal briefly explained the magazine article at the center of the controversy and took responsibility, then offered his resignation. Obama accepted the resignation, the source said.

The president "had no intention of keeping him," and McChrystal knew that going into the meeting, according to the source.

In addition, the source said McChrystal will not return to Afghanistan. His team will go back to pack up on his behalf.

Updated: 7:11 p.m.

soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. gt

    sounds like the anry black man came out on replaceing the general...obama didnt like his vp new nick name "bite me"

    June 23, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  2. Average American

    And any soldier who said similar things about General McChrystal would have been relieved of duty (or worse), too! This isn't political. This is following the military code of conduct. We have rules in the United States, and the mission IS larger than one person.

    June 23, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  3. Rickster

    Headline: New home sales fall to lowest level since Commerce Department began tracking data in 1963.

    Heckuva job, Barry!

    June 23, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. Barack.Hussein.Obama-America's-Benevolent-DICTATOR

    Oh well, he voted for Obozo and now got what he deserved, just like the rest of the dummies that voted for this Whimp-in-Chief.

    I doubt even Gen. Petreaus can pull Obozo's bacon out of the fire in Afghanistan. He's been dealt a losing hand from a bunch of loser politicians that want to cut and run according to their schedule.

    June 23, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  5. Stacie

    Anyone who has had to fire a good employee because they made a horrible mistake that negatively affected a project or organization's mission knows exactly how the President feels right now. There was nothing else he could do. The General's poor behavior and lack of judgment forced his hand.

    I'm just glad he has a well respected General to step in and take control of the situation.

    June 23, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  6. Sandra, Atl

    I guess I'm just wondering why they even thought he should be kept. Sounds like more disparagement of President Obama to me. Didn't this guy and his so-called 'aides' commit subordination? Why should they think they are better than the rest of the military? I can guarantee you McChrystal would not have tolerated such behavior from any of his subordinates.

    June 23, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  7. Naqib

    "In addition, the source said McChrystal will not return to Afghanistan. His team will go back to pack up on his behalf."

    Bet you're wrong...
    He will retire... and get a huge contract offer over there... and will without doubt spend another day in the palace getting a meal and a very fond farwell from Karzi!

    June 23, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  8. geecee

    Good job, Mr. President. You need to stand up to the "bullies" more often!!

    June 23, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. ib

    this country would be a lot better off if Obama had resigned instead of the general.

    June 23, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. obama victim

    and I have no intention of ever supporting Obozo

    June 23, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  11. Chuck Murphy

    The General did the right thing by resigning and the President did the right thing in accepting his resignation. It is unfortunate that the General and his advisers were so indiscrete in the first place.

    June 23, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. THE OBAMA TRUTH

    Of course not. He wouldn't keep the man. All the General said was the truth. He stepped on Joe Biden's toes. The worthless piece of nothing. I am a 30-yr veteran. I do know that that you should never talk about your superiors. But The General was talking in private to some of his staff members. tt was not meant for other ears. How the media,(Rolling Stone) got a hold of it is a matter of security. This should tell the army just like Nam the media is not patriots of America. They will do us in giving the chance. They do their their best to get information of any attack we are planning so they can blast it to the four wins. Media should be banned from all combat zones. They have caused so many deaths of soldiers over the years. That is one item in the constitution that needs changing. No more freedom of the press. Then when you have a moron ERKEL like OBAMA in office the result is the bringing down of a four-star General. Patton fell victim as did McArthur to the press. I pray that the British magazine Rollin Stone gets theirs and soon. Maybe they'll go belly up. OBAMA WILL GET HIS COME 2012. NO USE TO MENTION BIDEN HE IS NOT WORTHY MENTIONING.

    June 23, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. WILLARD BULLOCK

    I ask someone what about musilims are keep terroist against untied states amercian

    June 23, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  14. Bedtime for Obonzo

    Of course he had no intention of keeping him. Even though 90% of the comments that got through the Commander in Chief's very thin skin were made by aides, and McChrystal had apologized and fired his press aide, it's not the Chicago way to show mercy on your perceived enemies.

    June 23, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  15. Pragmatic

    The general is too old and too experienced to have let this happen! Rolling Stone reporters following you around? Staff members who have less sense than a fish (who knows you don't get into trouble if you keep your mouth closed!)

    Maybe McChrystal doesn't believe we can win and wanted out: it was political suicide for sure! The President: he'll get complaints he was too tough: if he had decided on a simple reprimand, the same people would call him too soft: Life goes on!

    June 23, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  16. Tom

    It will be interesting to see what happens to the staff officers that helped this mess. I would say they'll be leaving for other assignments, soon. To parts unknown. And, for the most part, their military careers have dead-ended.

    June 23, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  17. gate

    I'll bet he has more respect for his civilian boss now. Smackdown!

    June 23, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  18. annie s

    The President shouldn't have had any intention of keeping on a General who exhibited such immaturity and poor judgement. Frankly, he should be grateful that his exemplary service prior to being given command in Afghanistan seems to have protected him from being charged with insubordination.

    June 23, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  19. Granger

    Too bad, if only Obama would have offered his resignation, now that would be good news.

    June 23, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  20. Ovomit could not run a 1 car funeral procession

    A good General gone by a non American clown prince wanna be dictator with zero time in a uniform.Ovomit is pathetic.How did this clown get elected.

    June 23, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Obama 'had no intention of keeping' McChrystal
    -------------------------------–
    Oooh! Now we get to hear someone speak about the President's intentions. Who knows the President's 'intentions' except the President? So why this blurb?

    Here come the 'news surgeons' ready to dissect EVERY aspect of what is really a moot issue now.

    June 23, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  22. Uncle Sam

    McChrystal was out of line by military standards, but I think what he did was very American. Call a spade a spade and let the American electorate know how disfunctional this administration is with defense.

    June 23, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. txkboy

    General McChrystal had it right, he just said it in wrong company. He fell victim to the UCMJ and a narcissistic administration. Now he can relax and go back to CENTCOM and contemplate his retirement ceremony. For all of the President's faults, he got the only "right" man for the job in General Petraeus. Let's move forward, kick butt, and forget the names!!

    June 23, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  24. Wisconsinite

    Hopefully McChrystal will take this "source" with him along with the rest of his "aides".

    June 23, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  25. Susan

    He is out there fighting for our freedom including our freedom of speech. What a shame that Obama does not practice what he preaches. All I can say is that the General should be extremely happy that he got out while the going is good!

    June 23, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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