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.

June 22nd, 2010
08:30 PM ET
4 years ago

Sestak: McChrystal's fate hinges on his necessity

(CNN) – The highest ranking military officer to serve in Congress said Tuesday that Gen. Stanley McChrystal can retain his command if the president believes that McChrystal is necessary for the success of the Afghan war strategy.

Rep. Joe Sestak, a Democratic congressman and former three-star admiral who is now running for Senate, told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King that while McChrystal's actions reported in a magazine article were "cause for dismissal, without a question," it doesn't necessarily mean he will be ousted as head of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

"If the president believes that he is necessary for the success of this mission," McChrystal might keep his post, Sestak said before criticizing the general's conduct in an interview that aired on "John King, USA."

"First off, he broke a military code," Sestak said of McChrystal. "You go into a commander-in-chief's room, and if you disagree, you keep it there. And that means the same for the men and women who work for you. You don't go out and say you don't like the cut of his jib."

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June 22nd, 2010
05:49 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama: McChrystal showed 'poor judgment'

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President Obama said Tuesday that he will wait until meeting in person with Gen. McChrystal before making a decision about the general's future. (Photo Credit: Getty Images/File)

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Tuesday that Gen. Stanley McChrystal showed "poor judgment" in a controversial magazine article, but he added that he would wait until meeting in person with his top commander in Afghanistan before making a decision on McChrystal's future.

McChrystal was summoned to Washington to meet with Obama on Wednesday about the article to appear in Rolling Stone magazine in which the general and some of his top aides are reported to have criticized top administration officials.

"I think it's clear that the article in which he and his team appeared showed poor judgment, but I also want to make sure that I talk to him directly before I make that final decision," Obama told reporters after a Cabinet meeting.

Updated: 7:07 p.m.

June 22nd, 2010
04:47 PM ET
4 years ago

Leading Senate Dem suggests McChrystal should resign

Sen. Byron Dorgan suggested Tuesday that Gen. Stanley McChrystal should resign.
Sen. Byron Dorgan suggested Tuesday that Gen. Stanley McChrystal should resign.

Washington (CNN) – Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-North Dakota, is the first member of the Democratic leadership to suggest that Gen. Stanley McChrystal should resign.

When asked by CNN if McChrystal’s comments in Rolling Stone magazine warrant resignation, Dorgan replied “if he said what it was reported that he said, the answer is yes.”

Dorgan, who chairs the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, was visibly annoyed about McChrystal’s comments, just as many of his colleagues have been all day.

But Dorgan went further than his fellow Democratic senators, most of whom have called McChrystal’s reported comments about the president’s national security team inappropriate and troubling, but have also said it is up to President Obama to decide if McChrystal should be fired from his job as commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

“We can’t have a general calling the national security adviser a clown, or whatever had been attributed to him with respect to Vice President Biden, the national security adviser, and others. It’s just unbelievably inappropriate and just can’t be allowed to stand,” Dorgan told CNN.
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June 22nd, 2010
04:07 PM ET
4 years ago

A general's life: From clandestine missions to controversy

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Stanley McChrystal has been recalled to Washington following the release of a controversial Rolling Stone profile. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)

(CNN) - Shortly after President Obama tapped Stanley McChrystal in June 2009 to be the top commander in Afghanistan, CNN reported that McChrystal would never let a reporter in the room during classified morning meetings he led among senior military officers.

McChrystal was known in Washington for his discretion. He kept a low profile, briefly interrupted by two major news events.

The general was criticized for the way he handled the circumstances of U.S. soldier Pat Tillman's friendly fire death in Afghanistan in 2004. In 2006, McChrystal was lauded for the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq.

The media spotlight on McChrystal this week, however, may be the hottest in the general's storied military career.

On Tuesday, McChrystal flew from Afghanistan to Washington. His boss, President Obama, has asked the general to explain in person the derisive comments he and his aides made to a Rolling Stone reporter.

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June 22nd, 2010
01:15 PM ET
4 years ago

Gibbs: President Obama was 'angry' after seeing McChrystal article

(CNN) - President Barack Obama was "angry" after seeing the upcoming controversial magazine article about Gen. Stanley McChrystal, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday. "I gave him the article last night," Gibbs said at the daily White House news briefing. "He was angry."

Earlier, Gibbs described the "magnitude and graveness" of mistakes by McChrystal in the article as "profound."

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Filed under: President Obama • Stanley McChrystal
June 22nd, 2010
12:30 PM ET
4 years ago

Gates: McChrystal has apologized for 'significant mistake'

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in a statement Tuesday that Gen. Stanley McChrystal ‘made a significant mistake’ and ‘exercised poor judgment.’
Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in a statement Tuesday that Gen. Stanley McChrystal ‘made a significant mistake’ and ‘exercised poor judgment.’

(CNN) - Defense Secretary Robert Gates issued a statement Tuesday noting that Gen. Stanley McChrystal "has apologized to me and is similarly reaching out to others named in (the Rolling Stone) article to apologize to them as well. I have recalled Gen. McChrystal to Washington to discuss this in person."

Gates said he read "with concern" the Rolling Stone story, and he believes McChrystal "made a significant mistake and exercised poor judgment in this case."

"We are fighting a war against al Qaeda and its extremist allies, who directly threaten the United States, Afghanistan, and our friends and allies around the world," Gates said. "Going forward, we must pursue this mission with a unity of purpose. Our troops and coalition partners are making extraordinary sacrifices on behalf of our security, and our singular focus must be on supporting them and succeeding in Afghanistan without such distractions."


Filed under: Robert Gates • Stanley McChrystal
June 22nd, 2010
10:35 AM ET
June 22nd, 2010
08:15 AM ET
4 years ago

McChrystal fires aide

(CNN) – Gen. Stanley McChrystal, America's top commander in Afghanistan has fired a press aide because of the controversial Rolling Stone article, two defense officials tell CNN.

–CNN's Barbara Starr contributed to this report


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June 22nd, 2010
07:54 AM ET
4 years ago

McChrystal is 'fully committed' to strategy, says embassy official

(CNN) – An official at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul said Ambassador Karl Eikenberry and Gen. Stanley McChrystal "are both fully committed" to President Barack Obama's Afghan strategy and are working together to "implement" the plan.

This comes amid controversy over McChrystal's remarks about Eikenberry and other civilian officials working on the Afghan strategy.

"We have seen the article and General McChrystal has already spoken to it," according to a statement from an embassy official, making reference to McChrystal's apology.


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