June 23rd, 2010
01:51 PM ET
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Average American

    Hey, I've made some mistakes in life, but at least I didn't get drunk on a government/party bus and tell reporters just exactly what I think of my boss. Thank you ex. General McChrystal for making me feel better about myself!

    June 23, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. Rob

    I have supported this president through thick and thin despite his major gaffes and at times seeming bewilderance for his own job. No more, politicians are rarely soldiers and vice versa. What, you want to put Joe Bite-me in charge of Afganistan. The problem with the world in general in career politicians and worse, junior senators great at fooling the masses than showing a complete inability to lead.

    June 23, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  3. JP

    Obama is certainly an expert on the undermining of trust.

    June 23, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  4. Corp. Bahenchod

    I have read a lot of these comments from you civilian brain dead idiots have no idea what this story means – I mean really!!
    On the field, I sympathize with the General and many of us do feel the frustration (believe me – it's not about this war or how its being dealt with etc etc – similar situation existed with us for a looooooooong time in Basra, Iraq) BUT the difference is the person of the caliber and integrity that Stanley brings, it is shocking and f^%$^*&ing unbelievable that he and his top staff / inner circle do it publicly. This is NO f^%$^*&ing way we , in our lines of duty, work / live / come out as and I am not talking about the sergeants and the soldier ranks – Period!!

    This leaves NO ROOM for the President to respect and or be able to do anything to the General.

    Remember this is a f^%$^*&ing war we all have been fighting for decades and ANYONE on the top here has little or none room to wiggle....

    thank you and show a little respect to us, your commander in chief and the military establishment!!

    June 23, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. Eric

    He distrusts his civilian leadership, because nearly 40 years' experience of "reading" people (as all good leaders can do) has led McChrystal to believe his boss is a gutless wonder, who possesses no respect for those he's sworn to lead, or the cause/mission itself.

    Indeed, what McChrystal said publicly was a foul, and I fault him for voicing it publicly. However, his spidey-sense is right.

    McChrystal for president.

    June 23, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. Tina in PA

    Who's your daddy.

    Way to go President Obama. It's about time you stop letting people roll over you.

    June 23, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  7. Baby Boomer

    The President did the right thing by accepting McChrystal's resignation. What a jerk...

    June 23, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  8. Future expat

    Do you want to see HYPOCRISY DEFINED?

    1) Go to FOX News, Redstate, Freerepublic, or any other far right website
    2) Do a search for "Rolling Stone"
    3) Read the uniformly homogeneous comments dismissing Rolling Stone as a news source
    4) Go to any McChrystal article.
    5) Read the comments; now Rolling stone IS a valid news source.

    June 23, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. Peter E

    Seriously, imagine if everyone through the chain of command started using such language against their superior. Would we excuse if a subordinate of this general started publicly making fun of him using the same tone of voice? No, we'd realise it's dangerous to our campaign to undermine authority this way. Remember how outraged people got when some EX-generals started questioning Bush in the past administration?

    June 23, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  10. blair

    Make no mistake about it! we need obama out of the office. obama's conduct does not meet the standard that should be set by a President and undermines both civilian authority and trust. How many more Good men are we going to lose because of not wanting to undermine the people of the United States and follow someone that is not capable of running our Great nation. he is going to allow Mexico to sue our Nation and turns his back on a Man that our troops trust and admire. Why did he not listen and learn from Gen.McChrystal.
    God Bless you Gen. McChrystal and thank you for your leadership where I as a civilian Trusted you and still do.

    June 23, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. RCasson

    Tell 'em what time it is baby...I HEAR you!!!!

    June 23, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. Jon Whitaker

    This administration isn't even qualified to do the job!!!

    June 23, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  13. Your Fired!

    He did not resign, he got fired. Since when do you first have a meeting with your boss than resign. If you resign, you hand in your resignation letter, which normally takes your boss by surprise, than your boss calls a meeting with you to discuss. When you get fired, your boss calls a meeting with you, than after the meeting you resign which means you actually got fired.

    June 23, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  14. Hammerer

    McChrystal's comments did not undermind the country's trust in obama. There is no way that anyone can trust obama. His goal is to destroy America as we knew it in the past and turn it into a third world country.

    June 23, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  15. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Generals who get too full of themselves need to be reminded that they are accountable to civilians.

    June 23, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  16. Felonious Monk

    Civillian authority over the military, a very important issue.

    June 23, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  17. Diane Glasser

    I think the President should have demoted Gen. McChrystal to Col. and dismissed him from the military. He has publicly disrespected his rank three times at least, and should pay the penalty for his arrogance and disregard for the chain of command.
    My husband is a retired JAG Col. and feels that General McChrystal has disgraced all those in the military.
    General McChrystal has made the right-wing militia happy because this is the type of situation they have been trying to do against the Obama administration. I put the General in the same category as these wing nuts.

    June 23, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  18. Naqib

    Yea... great...

    So... about that little oil leak??????


    June 23, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  19. AK

    Now that's Balls Mr. President! This is the USA not some banana republic where generals do and say what they like. We the people own our government and we democratically elected President Obama.
    Now sir, get back to work and continue fixing this ailing country of ours. Godspeed sir!

    June 23, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  20. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    If McChrystal had been killed or injured in action there is always someone qualified to replace him.

    June 23, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  21. Slider

    Undermines civilian authority.

    Thanks for the lecture, Mr. Jive Turkey in Chief.

    Now here's one for you: how are you gonna console all those pinko, anti-war types who voted for you after you install the only remaining man left to you in whom they labeled "General Betray Us".

    Or is hypocrisy now a principle for your ideology as well.

    November can't come soon enough, son.

    Petraeus must be laughing in his Cheerios this morning.

    June 23, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  22. Samantha

    The confusion over Obama's mission in Afghanistan, the antipathy of administration and civilian players against the military and vice versa point to a failure of leadership at the top. It's been clear for some time that the policy in Afghanistan was failure. The fault, Obama, is not in our stars but in ourselves. Obama put a lot of eggs in the Afghanistan basket during his campaign, too many. Afghanistan never looked good, before or during Obama, but the is not McChrystal's, Biden's, Holbrooke's, Eikenberry's, Clinton's or any other person. I am weary of Obama thrusting the blame and the anger at others. If he ever succeeds, he wish take the credit. If he is failing, he must take the blame.

    June 23, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  23. Shirley in California

    This sets a very good example. We have kids disrespecting their parents, ministers and teachers. Now, we have military officers disrespecting their CIC and peers. This is unacceptable behavior and should NEVER be tolerated under any circumstances. I can only imagine what our enemies in other countries are saying about this. They are laughing their heads off! This was a wise decision. Let McChrystal hang his head in shame (as we all do when we are wrong) and try to learn from his mistake(s).

    June 23, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  24. Dan

    I did not see much civilian authority in the last two years. Mainly a big ongoing campaign and photo-op events.
    Luckily Biden did not advise the US soccer team manager how to win today!

    June 23, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  25. PalmReader

    Poor little Stanley the Politician got his comeuppance . . . Godspeed, General McChrystal. May you be blessed with many years in which to rethink your recent *strategy*, political and otherwise.

    Gotta love the GOP strategists . . .

    June 23, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
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