June 22nd, 2010
08:15 AM ET
11 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

Filed under: Stanley McChrystal
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  1. Hendrik

    McChrystal has got to go. I never liked the man and his ways. When you wear the uniform you put your own thoughts back in your head. If you don't like what is happening, you RESIGN. We all learned this when we enter the military. For a general like McChrystal to run his mouth just shows the level of arrogance of the man. Firing his press aide does nothing. McChrystal SHOULD FIRE HIMSELF.

    June 22, 2010 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  2. David

    The truth shall get you fired.

    June 22, 2010 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  3. TangledThorns

    Why did he fire the aide, he made the comments to Rolling Stone?!?

    June 22, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  4. ddt

    Gen McChrystal himself should be fired. Mr. President, all these people are Republicans, they are working agaist you. Stop the nonsense, bring back the troops from all those battle grounds and concentrate on Economy, get people back to work. They keep smiling in your face and then after they talk behind your back

    June 22, 2010 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  5. 8 years of the Bush Error = How many years of recession and unemployment?

    Whether you like it or not, civilians are in charge of the military in this country, if you find yourself in the position that you and your staff cannot support the administration, then you should resign or be fired.

    I am betting on the latter.

    June 22, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  6. controversial Rolling Stone article

    very sad

    there was a time when Rolling Stone meant something when every article was a controversial Rolling Stone article

    June 22, 2010 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  7. Rick in OP

    The Rolling Stone article is not the first time we have heard these specific criticisms of the Obama Adminisration’s handling of the Afghan war. Considering that the story appeared in the left-leaning Rolling Stone magazine, the charges of incompetent handling of the war by the civilian leadership component (the Obama Administration) now have greater credibility.
    Unfortunately, to save face, Obama will probably fire McChrystal. If McChrystal is relieved I am afraid this will be a severe reversal in an already difficult counterinsurgency operation.
    Perhaps we should fire Obama instead?

    June 22, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  8. Angus McDugan

    It's rolling down hill fast.

    June 22, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  9. Minnesotan

    He fired the press aide because the aide didn't stop him from opening his mouth and being stupid? How stupid!

    June 22, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  10. Laurie

    General McChrystal is responsible for lying about the friendly fire killing of Pat Tillman. I frankly think that he should have been relieved from duty following that unethical fiasco. He appears to have shallow values and is not much of a commander when he can play a big role in the coverup of the killing of one of his men. I expect that honesty, respect, and virtue are necessities in the role of leading.

    June 22, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  11. Ron

    General, it's time to do the honorable thing and resign before you get fired. You (and your staff) have given the US Army one, big, black eye...not to mention the officer's corps! What a shame for the US Army.

    June 22, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  12. Lynette Robinson

    Why fire the press aide? Didn't McChrystal and his staff say these things mocking the vice-president? Even though comments may not have been quoted directly about the president, you can be pretty sure that there is a lack of respect for the commander in chief. I feel that this interview was really directed towards the president, but used the vice-president as a smokescreen.

    June 22, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  13. Jack

    Well, aren't we special. Bye Stan. You aren't the only general in the Army who can do the job. Maybe you can find a career in the private sector (although not in communications). I assume you will be retiring soon "for personal reasons."

    June 22, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  14. Pragmatic

    The aide wouldn't have felt so cocky if the General hadn't set the tone...
    what was that sign on Turman's desk ... something about bucks and where they stop?

    June 22, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  15. GI Joe

    Sounds like the man that gets drunk, gets fired, and goes home and kicks the dog.

    June 22, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  16. Independent

    This certainly demonstrates how thin skinned Obama is (as if we needed a reminder). He certainly moves fast when he is criticized because his ego is massive, however he parties, plays golf, and attends baseball games during the biggest environmental disaster in U.S. history. General McChrystal should go in there and tell iall this and more to Obama to his face. He is only saying what the rest of the country thinks. Don't enjoy your playtime too much Obama.. the independents are on to you and you will never get a second term! Your cronies are out in November too!

    June 22, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  17. Ken in NC

    While the General was right to fire the aide, he should also be fired as this is not his first time running afoul of the CNC. As an officer, when given an order, he has two choices. He can follow the order or he can resign his commission. Being critical of his CNC is insubordination.

    June 22, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  18. Jeff

    It is a deserved termination. McChrystal should be next.

    June 22, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  19. Dave

    So was it his press aide that made those comments or was it McChrystal? Last time I checked, integrity and personal responsibility are qualities that the military espouses. So much for that. I just feel bad for the guy who has to fall becuase of McChrystal's idiotic comments.

    June 22, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    i guess it was the aide's job to keep that aspect of the general's personality out of the press. Proves my previous point: the article DID NOT depict the general in a favorable light. Au contraire.

    In so far as the 'civilian leadership' aspect, it is what it is. Not all Presidents and/or Vice-Prez are adept at making implementable suggestions to the brass. The brass, however, has to at least give the appearance of hearing them out, considering their input, and then making their case for going a different route. The 'civilian leaderhip', after all, is who the brass reports to. Like it or not. You may not always agree with your boss, but you gotta give them their due.

    June 22, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  21. Chipster

    People say a lot things they don't seriously mean in order to relieve tension and make light of serious business at times. An Aide who would share these kinds of "off the cuff" attempts at humor should be fired. Especially given the seriousness of war and the confidential nature of such a position, this aide could never be trusted again. This breach is merely embarrassing to the General but glib remarks about strategy could cost lives and threaten our victory. The General is wise to replace the Aide with someone who will understand the seriousness of his or her role.

    June 22, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  22. Fed Up

    Unfortunately, no one in the military is allowed to speak the truth. They give up their freedom of speech to ensure that everyone else gets to keep thier freedoms.

    June 22, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  23. Slick William

    The article is dead on, it shows the frustration of a General set on winning a war while trying to carry the political load of a President and his Administration of bureaucrats that hasn't a clue...


    June 22, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  24. Rosslaw

    This is the second time McChrystal has expressed over the top and out of school comments on how if the civilian leadership just does does what he says the world will be a happy place. A swift kick in the balls may do MChrystal wonders in bringing him back to earth.

    June 22, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  25. Julia- Idaho Native American

    McChrystal needs to be fired. He is arrogant and there is no place for arrogance in the military. He needs to wake up, it's about our country not about him. President Obama, fire this nut

    June 22, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
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