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

Leading Senate Dem suggests McChrystal should resign

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/22/art.dorgan.gi.jpg caption="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.

Dorgan is one of many Democrats skeptical of sending more troops to Afghanistan, and even voted in May on an amendment requiring a timetable for redeployment.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Michigan, said “I don’t know” when asked if he thinks McChrystal can stay in his job. Levin, who like other senators appeared deeply conflicted about whether McChrystal should be forced to resign, did warn that his comments have a “negative effect” on Afghanistan policy.

Levin also said this sends a “message of confusion” to the troops in the field, which he said “is never good.”

Filed under: Afghanistan • Byron Dorgan • Carl Levin • Stanley McChrystal
soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. b@man

    i think most people agree this is a total lack of respect from a general – if he wants my respect he would say it to their face

    June 22, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  2. charles

    He should resign and you Bastard put on his army uniform and go to fight in Afaghanstan. shame on You!! he doesnt have to talk to very one nicely, why bother the hard working , dedicated , honest guy , who has endured all the problems you stupid politicians have caused to this great nation. he doesnt have to bow his head to anyone other than the flag of this nation. Fist of all we wouldnt as a nation have been driven into those wars, had it not been you stupid politicians. he is trying to fix your political mistakes and you are bleming him. Long live general!!! God Bless U.

    June 22, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  3. Darth Vadik, CA


    wish in one hand...

    June 22, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  4. barbara howell

    i think mccrystal should be fired and dont let him poscess a gun. this is another person like the one who shot up the troops in texas they are full of hate for this country .and he doesnt want the war to end.there is always someone else to fill his job..and do it better.he is a disgrase to this country.

    June 22, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  5. Augsbee

    Oh people, he was shooting of his mouth, behaving just like VP Biden and President Obama, they don't care to shoot off their mouths either, its become a more relaxed White House since the Republicans were in it.

    June 22, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  6. Victim of GOP Taliban

    C-ya don't want to be ya. He isn't even a good General. MacArthur at least won a few major battles before shooting his big mouth off.

    If this is all true – not only should be be fired but he should be sent to command some remote post in Antartica or the North Pole.

    June 22, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  7. Jim S

    If the same things were said during the Bush regime Mc Chrystal
    would be a private citizen by now and dishonorably discharged

    June 22, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  8. Matt

    Yikes, the liberals are calling, "treason".

    But then again, they also brought up Glenn Beck, Bush, "faux news", and oil spills..., so their off-based opinions can be regarded as a grain of savorless salt. Come on Libs, people don't get a court martial for having an opinion different from their 'superior'.

    Obama should learn from his lack of military leadership and move on–Root Beer Summit!

    June 22, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  9. mother and sister of a soldier

    What is the difference here between McChrystal and a president who admonished the Supreme Court on national tv, who made disparaging comments publically about a past president, who allowed a Mexican president to speak out of line to Congress, our congressmen who applauded him or our Congressmen/women who are incapable of disgression such as Pelosi and Reid. When it starts at the top, it has no where to go but down. I don't respect the actions of the WH or Congress and I certainly would not ecourage any individual to enlist with the current "commander in chief". His agenda is killing more soldiers than necessary but then, unlike the Bush administration, the death totals are no longer allowed to be published. So much for transperancy!

    June 22, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  10. MsDp

    I AGREE. He should either resigned or be fired!!!

    June 22, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  11. Tom in Delaware

    Maybe we shouldn't 'jump to conclusions', oh wait....that's only when we're talking about radical Islamic terrorists.

    June 22, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  12. Luke Brown

    McChrystal is an embarrassment. Obama looks weak if he doesn't dump him. Truman got his butt kicked when he fired MacArthur, but it would have been a disaster to have kept him on.

    June 22, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  13. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Too many hot headed people calling for Mac's resignation before he meets with the President. Thank God President Obama is a thinking man and not hot headed, that's what got us into this war mess in the first place, Bush hot head and hot hand.

    June 22, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  14. Debbie

    McChrystal should resign or be demoted. He is an embarrasement to the military for breaking command and tradition. It's happened before and should happen now. Truman/MacArthur, Eishenhower/Patton, and way back when Lincoln/McClellan. McChrystal is like McClellan, they are whiners. Never have enough men, materials, etc. Never can really get the job done! Time to cut bait and Obama needs to follow Lincoln and find today's General US Grant. Drop the dead weight.

    June 22, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  15. ronvan

    Get real people! General officers do not get article 15's or get put in front of firing squads. McCrystal put his foot in his mouth, it is that simple. ALL serving military know the "rules", written & unwritten when it comes to subjects like this. Remember MacArthur / Patton & what their Presidents did to them.? NO ONE is irreplaceable, there is always someone waiting to get in the lime light! IF you really want to replace someone then lets replace ALL of our military, bring them home, and let these countries implode!

    June 22, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  16. dan smith

    Obama should resign. He isn't enough of a man to be in the same room as McChrystal. Sometimes the truth hurts.

    June 22, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  17. MikeH

    McChrystal's involvement with the cover-up of Pat Tillman's friendly-fire death (McChrystal posthumously awarded Tillman a Silver Star for 'valor' fighting the enemy to his death knowing that Tillman was killed by a fellow American) plus McChrystal's involvement in attempts to use Tillmans death as a propaganda tool, destroying evidence of Tillman's friendly-fire killing, and telling lies to Tillmans parents, etc, shows McChrystal has no integrity, he is a Bush crony. If he doesn't resign, then he should be court-marshalled per military guidelines or fired.

    June 22, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  18. g

    was it him or his staff that screwed up if it was,nt him whats the problem

    June 22, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  19. DocSteveO

    I read an entire book on Harry Truman just to get the inside dope on why he fired MacArthur. His reason was typically to the point and brief and I memorized it. Bear in mind MacArthur kept Truman waiting on the tarmac in, I believe, Guam for a number of hours, late for his meeting. Truman refused to deplane until MacArthur had arrived. Anyway, this was his whole rationale in the book, "A Listening Walk":

    "I fired General MacArthur because he refused to respect the Presidency of the United State, not because he was a dumb son of a bitch, although he was. But that's no sin for a General."

    It's very simple in the United States – the military carries out the orders of a civilian, elected authority. No questions asked. Advise? Yes. Argue or carp to the press after the decision is made? No. Does he have a Free Speech right? Of course. But he absolutely cannot say whatever he feels like and expect to be able to keep his job or even his career at the general officer level.

    June 22, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  20. ED

    Resignation would be appropriate in this case and if not fire him. Big shot generals should never embarass the president. Besides there are 50 more to take his place. The US military is top heavy with generals.

    June 22, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  21. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    McChrystal should resign. There are many generals, and they all have a right to their opinion, however, when you are serving a president regardless of your personal political view you need to RESPECT THE OFFICE.

    In my 57 years of life I have never seen such hate and disrespect towards the President of the United States, from his own fellow citizens. But what can we expect from the hate-mongers? The GOP's strategy of hate, lies, fear and division keeps backfiring and failing but they keep up the hate. Especially their leader, Limbaugh!

    IF Bush would have been treated like this by a general the far-right would have demanded his/her head on a platter. But its Obama....... so its okay to disrespect the Commander in Chief.

    Let me remind you, GOPers, the Bush Wars are currently costing the U.S. Taxpayers .......... $6........ BILLION..........a month. Thanks Bush.

    June 22, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  22. New Age Independant

    Unfortunately McChrystal made a bad mistake here. While it's easy to understand his frustration at Obama's administration ineptness, the forum he chose was unacceptable and he should likely be replaced.

    It's laughable however, that Democrats are trying to make a political deal of this. They should all resign as they have shown worse judgment than McChrystal.

    June 22, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  23. Donald

    To all the right wing nuts jobs that want obama on the front line how but we send gwb and cheney. Lol and please can a right wing nutcase tell me how has obama messed up america? We all know why u dont like the man. But guess what you guys got 6 more
    yrs. Cya in 2012 when obama win by a record margin

    June 22, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  24. Isabella

    of course he was wrong , however I suggest all these armchair generals on this site and empty suits in Washington who stand in judgment of him , don a uniform and walk in a soldiers shoes.
    No wonder our brave men and women fighting for our freedom are getting fed up and sarcastic , they get very little support and get used for photo ops by inept politicians far too often.

    June 22, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  25. mother and sister of soldiers

    McChrystal spoke out of pure frustration with an administration that will not let him do his job....fight a war to win, not a politically correct war. When you have a commander in chief who openly admonishes a supreme court on national tv and even publically makes disparaging comments about a past president the behavior filters down. I think our WH needs to get control of their own mouths, actions and show some respect to the military. Obama is a man whose actions Memorial Day was a slap in the face to the military. No respect garners no respect~
    I say...every candidate for president must have military experience and please, not the lawyer hype we get from Congressman Murphy.

    June 22, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
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