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

Obama: McChrystal showed 'poor judgment'


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.

soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. Bill in California

    WHAT A LAUGH! The EMPEROR wouldn't know good judgement if it bit him in the hind side!

    June 22, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  2. samuel

    If Joe the Plumber is replaceable, then a general is as well. Show no mercy with this guy, with all due respect. Obama should show "his" disrespectful "employee" as much respect as a CEO to a regular Joe employee in the American corporate workforce. These days, that's usually harsh treatment. He'll be lucky of he's allowed to submit a resignation instead of being fired. Fire this dude (before he can resign), replace him and don't look back. In fact, I'm sure Obama has someone ready to take the helm. Funny thing is, I am sure he'd never have disrespected Bush this way. It makes me wonder. Let's hope it's not about race or birth but if it is, I'm not surprised. it's always reported that the military is not political, nor the staff. I happen to think this is a lie. I think the military is extremely political and dangerous. This generation of military commanders will never take side of a liberal agenda. As in most things American these days, let's just hope the next generation of military commanders are a lot smarter, more international thinkers, less bias, more exposed, doesn't think in a tunnel vision capacity and more to the center. Anyway, who's next.

    June 22, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  3. mike

    it is a shame but these idiots think that because they were granted
    and i mean granted the privilege to run our military they think that
    it is a right that they earned guess what your wrong and the bottom line if there was no military he being working as a clown at Mcdonalds but the fact is the military is no different than running a company you surround yourself with people who are loyal but are never as smart as you are no matter how dumb you can be

    June 22, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  4. BeverlyNC

    McChrystal should be FIRED and COURTMARTIALED for not only his arrogant and disrespectful remarks, but for the national security problem it creates in the eyes of our enemies as to our resolve and competence in defeating them.

    I imagine McChrystal was drunk during the interview since it was done on a plane and he is known to be a "hard drinker". At West Point as a cadet he was written up on hundreds of infractions including being drunk and inappropriate encounters with women. Sounds like just John McCain's record at the Naval Academy where he graduated last in his class and was known for staying out all night with women, skipping class, and breaking rules.

    They should have been thrown out of those military academies for both ended up being drunks, adulterers, and complete failures in the end. Neither have any honor or character.

    June 22, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  5. Nick

    No General McChrystal, you questioned and mocked the commander in cheif. I respect you as a Solider and your work in our military. However, you cannot under any circumstances do what you just did and keep your job. If you resign and never speak out again you can regain your honor. Again I don't care if it is Bush or Obama....you were way out of line on this one.

    June 22, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  6. Doyle Wiley, MI

    For the sake of military discipline McChrystal has to go.

    June 22, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  7. GOPer

    Relive him of duty ASAP!

    June 22, 2010 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  8. wycliffe

    dishonorable general...fire him

    June 22, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  9. Gil

    Of course he shows poor judgement he's in the military!

    June 22, 2010 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  10. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    He needs to be transferred to his new Republican base in Butte Montana for the rest of his career...

    June 22, 2010 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  11. Bill

    Obama wants to cut a deal with him in privae to stop any additional details of his incompetancy getting out. Firing him outright would allow the general to speak at will. More dirty politics from obama on the way.

    June 22, 2010 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  12. Rose

    I agree the comments for pretty harsh but I wonder if Obama was in McChrystal's place and had to do what he does if he might say some of the same things. McChrystal has a very difficult job to do and he should be commended for the job he has done so far. If he offended the White House, they should take it with a grain of salt and consider what this General does every day. The White House has no clue since no one there has served in the military. I think McChrystal was right on the money!!!!!

    June 22, 2010 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  13. Julian Tidwell

    McChrystal's "Poor judgment" was basically in believing in anything Obama supports. My gosh, Gen, that person in the white house didn't even register for the US draft. Why would you ever think he could know what is best for the US military strategy? Instead of feeding trashtalk to Rolling Stone, perhaps you and your staff should read Obama's true records to find that he actually studied with communists as a young adult. Doesn't the defeat of communistic ideals turn the present day US Army against the communist?

    June 22, 2010 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
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