June 22nd, 2010
04:47 PM ET
13 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. Kris

    I find it interesting how Obama has to constandly replace his staff members. I think there is something wrong with this picture. Why does he have a hard time keeping his staff together.

    June 22, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  2. George of the jungle

    Totally un acceptable behavior for a general. Why would he say the things he did during a war. My god the man is crazy. Get him out.

    June 22, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  3. Jane

    I think most of congress should resign. Opinions are like butts everyone has one.

    June 22, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  4. George of the jungle

    everyone seems to think this is a partisan thing . It is not. Whoever the president is a general should not be giving interviews and saying the things he did. The office of president make him commander in cheif. This is insubordination and if someone in the generals command made these kind of remarks that could reflect badly on us during a war im sure the general would be upset. Who is paying this clown to say this stuff. ?????

    June 22, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  5. Liberals are hypocrits (they want benefits without contributing to the countries financial progress)

    Dorgan is resigning as he was going to get crushed in his reelection bid. The republican is pulling in 73% of the vote in that race. Enjoy your last few moments in the news, Dorgan, and after voting for the abysmal health care legislation that will bankrupt our country, good riddance. If you care so little bout our nation's financial well-being, its hard to imagine you care about its military offensive.

    June 22, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  6. Edwardcj

    What the General said in his interview may have been poor judgmnnent., Unfortunately, he is spot on. What do politicians know about war or battle front encounters. Still, they second guessed him on his requests for strategy and additional resources. What CNN and the whining congressdoes not say or ask is "how may additional soldiers were killed or maimed because Obama and the administration did NOT give him the resources he requested?".

    June 22, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  7. Katie

    Shame on Rolling Stones , this is not the time to play ' gotcha ' games.
    The media has become rabid in their pursuit to get headlines , be it on the left or the right , they just don't care that they are dividing the country even further and aid in the country's self destruction.
    At the time of war you stand together ...!!!!!!

    June 22, 2010 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  8. mike

    all companies feel anybody is expendable and can be replace if Obama
    doesn't do it he loses his leadership no matter how good McChrystal
    may have been it is bad enough trying to convince the american
    public that we have to stay in this war but to have the general who is running it to show no respect for the people that are trying to back him
    to me should be court marshall to tell the rest of the soldiers who is your

    June 22, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
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