June 23rd, 2010
01:51 PM ET
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. ConsiderThis - FL

    President made the RIGHT DECISION. Case closed!

    June 23, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. Mesa Mick

    Excellent job Mr. President – Thank You.

    It's about time people start understanding that you have the intellectual and moral courage – and class – to lead and direct the most powerful nation and it's armed forces.

    June 23, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. haren

    That is called real commander in chief.
    He listen to him and than took the decision.

    June 23, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. won't get fooled again

    This distasteful episode exposes just a glimpse of how poorly Obama is viewed by the military, and the lack of confidence they have in him. His diffident waffling and playing to our enemies has caused much resentment among our troops in uniform.

    Despite what the lamestream media wants to portray as an aberrant General going off on their media darling in chief, the real view is this exposes how the military really feels about the dithering wimp in the White House. Electing Obama was a BIG mistake, the people are coming around to this realization, and we won't be taken in by a wolf in sheep's clothing again.

    June 23, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. NC

    Thank you Mr. President for getting rid of someone that thought the war was about him and his cronies. Shame on you General McChrystal for your insubordination, lack of leadership and undisciplined behavior. Anyone that has ever served in the military knew you were gone when the magazine article was published. You either follow the chain of command or leave. We don't need frat boys such as Gen. McChrystal in charge of a war on anything else that is so important to millions of people.

    June 23, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    100% correct. There's currently 300 million+ reasons in this country why the founding fathers put the POTUS in charge of the military and made sure he was a civilian first.

    Got my popcorn ready for all the amusing and mindless nonsense we're likely to hear from the Limbots and Beckscateers. Blah blah blah terrorism blah blah be afraid yadda yadda makes us look weak yackity shmackity foreign policy blunder from a community organizer blah blah grumble grumble. Fire away GOPers...your incoming knee-jerk talking points are too predictable to be considered thoughtful or meaningful.

    June 23, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. Tom

    Kudos, Mr. President. There should be no doubt who is in charge. What I don't understand is how could the General and his staff have been so stupid to allow this reporter to follow them around and record the remarks? Were these guys born HoopleHeads, or did they lower themselves to that leve?

    June 23, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |

    Pres Obama did the right thing. McCrystal was believeing his own hype. You are not the Boss. The chain of command is one of the 1st things you learn in the Army.

    June 23, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  9. albertcees

    * * * * Donkey !! Adios pinhead..

    June 23, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  10. anotherGDlefty

    Loose lips sink ships Stanley.
    Blub, blub.

    June 23, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  11. Ben in Texas

    Good for the President. Now, if he will just fire the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and bring our troops home, I'll be satisfied.

    June 23, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  12. Quick

    Well they finally made a quick decision. Now why are they waiting another year to make a decision on Freddie and Frannie's fate., since the mismanagement of these two by barney and chris seemed to be the cause of the economic depression and they are still not being managed any better today.

    June 23, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  13. Marcus

    To anyone who's going to (like McChrystal) say anything before thinking about its consequences.
    Do you remember that phrase that (supposing that you did not served in any branch of the military) you hear in the movies and tv series, when a lower ranked officer is allowed to criticize his superior' ideas/strategies, 'with all DUE RESPECT'?
    McChrystal had not any kind of 'DUE RESPECT' when he talked about his superior.
    He forgot that.

    June 23, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  14. Troubled Independent

    Wrong "decision" by obammie. He has a control issue. His inexperience is unbelievable - it's not what is good for the world, but what is good for obammie. He can't stand criticism of any sort. Sad.

    June 23, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  15. Tony

    Well, this ensures President Obama will be a one-term president.

    President Obama and this inept administration have demonstrated repeatedly that they are incapable of leadership, in ANY area that concerns the American people. At most the good General should have been reprimanded.

    It is all the YES men surrounding the president that should be fired.

    I am a Democrat and will NEVER vote for Obama, what a huge and horrible joke as president.

    It looks like the good General will be on the outside of the tent pissing in now.

    June 23, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  16. pinkette

    I'm glad that McCrystal was removed. His conduct during wartime was completly unacceptable. The interview with Rolling Stones represented more than just poor judgement. It was irrational and childish.

    June 23, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  17. T'SAH from Virginia

    Now I wonder what the HATERS are going to say??????? They will BLAME President Obama for putting Mr. McChrystalIZE in charge in the first place!!!! Watch!!

    June 23, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. gt

    change we can believe in ?,,, get our troops home now...that would be change we believe in... not this usless mission to prove your tough guy and leader....you are neither,,,

    June 23, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  19. DH

    He got it backwards. Obama should resign and McChrystal stay

    June 23, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Before you people start accussing, rebutting, and but-butting PLEASE REMEMBER THAT HE DID NOT BAD-MOUTH OBAMA. This decision was the only one Obama could make, and it was the right one based on the circumstances. We ARE at war. You simply CANNOT go around undermining, and caricaturing members of your civilian chain of command, and your allies.

    June 23, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  21. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Absolutely, correct! And don't worry, folks, soon we will see McChrystal on Faux News, making millions from his books; and being nominated for the presidency in 2012 by the TPs.

    For those with poor memories or who do not know, here is the list of generals that George W. Bush replaced (fired):

    Gen. John Abizaid: replaced by Bush, for publicly saying he had doubts about the Bush Surge in Iraq.

    Gen. George Casey: replaced by Bush...... for the same comment.

    Admiral William Fallon: retired by Bush, for saying in an interview with Esquire Magazine that the U.S. should not attack Iran.

    Interesting isn't it, how quiet the Far-right-folks were when Bush replaced and retired generals! Where was the anger? Where was the talk about the "sacred" military then?

    June 23, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  22. phoenix86

    McChrystal's conduct undermines civilian authority, as Obama's conduct undermines constitutional authority.

    Both should resign.

    June 23, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  23. La Piovra

    General McChrystal was fully aware of how the media worked and the beneficial uses of leaks. He used this method once before to insure that his military policy would be adopted, and it worked. What was he planning to tap into this time? The teabag-press generated contempt for this (Democratic, non-white) President and his administration? To what end? One does not like to think even he envisioned this country as a military dictatorship led by a generalissimo and his junta, but one can't rule it out. One can only put him out, and I, for one, am glad it was done

    June 23, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  24. Dean

    McChrystal should have kept his mouth shut even though the remarks are probably deserved.

    June 23, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  25. Jerry

    We spend millions training the man to be a warrior and then have empty suits running the war, He should replace Obama

    June 23, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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