June 23rd, 2010
03:05 PM ET
13 years ago

Reaction comes in after McChrystal departure

(CNN) - After President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that he has asked Gen. David Petraeus to replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, McChrystal released the following statement.

"This morning the president accepted my resignation as commander of U.S. and NATO Coalition Forces in Afghanistan. I strongly support the president's strategy in Afghanistan and am deeply committed to our coalition forces, our partner nations and the Afghan people. It was out of respect for this commitment - and a desire to see the mission succeed - that I tendered my resignation. It has been my privilege and honor to lead our nation's finest."

Read reaction from lawmakers to President Obama's decision after the jump:

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton, D-Missouri, indicated Wednesday that he approves of President Barack Obama's decision to ask Gen. David Petraeus to take command of U.S. forces in Afghanistan:

"Gen. Petraeus is the best that we have," Skelton said in a written statement. "I have great confidence in his ability to bring about a successful outcome in Afghanistan. The Commander-in-Chief must have confidence in his commanders in the field. It is time to move on and return our focus to waging the war in Afghanistan."

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry, D-Massachusetts:

“The Commander in Chief has made it clear no one is bigger than the mission and nothing less than a unified effort in Afghanistan will get the job done. His decision to return General Petraeus to the battlefield provides not just continuity in philosophy, but tested diplomatic skill that is at the very center of a military strategy which hinges on progress in governance to sustain military gains. The strategy and the objectives must be the only agenda. That’s what really counts. American lives are on the line and America’s security interests hang in the balance. We cannot afford another minute of distraction. We’ve already seen in Marjah that impressive military gains cannot be maintained without effective local governance and Afghan ownership. This must happen to give the mission a chance to succeed.”

Sen. Kit Bond of Missouri, the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Wednesday that Gen. David Petraeus "is an outstanding military leader, but even he can't win in Afghanistan if the president continues to insist on an arbitrary withdrawal date - a fact our enemies our counting on and our allies fear."

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soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Jerry - Florida

    I am not exactly sure what all the fuss is about since Gen. Stanley McChrystal and his staff basically voiced the general feelings of not only most military commanders, but the average service man/woman. President NObama and his armchair generals don't know anything about managing a war or offensive. Of course President NObama and his bofoons were angry. The truth sometimes hurts. And when you don't know your back side from your elbow and the truth is revealed, anger is usually the first reaction.

    The funniest part is that during the his campaign President NObama accused Senator McCain of being an angry man. These are his own words . This man and his civilian cronies, including Vice President Biden, are really a big joke.

    Now Americans citizens know why we're digressing instead of progressing with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Armchair generals, including President NObama and Vice President Biden, are handcuffing the hands and trying to muzzle our dedicated and able servicemen and women.

    Stay tuned...

    June 23, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  2. cmkc

    It is indeed sad that this had to occur, but understanding military chain of command, it had to. However, I do fault the reporter, although Rachel Maddow, who most often times I like, felt the need to defend him. If, indeed, these comments were made when "soldiers were just blowing off steam" and said in the confines of a BS session, or after a stressful day, much liike pillow talk between spouses, he had no business betraying these men and using such fodder only to create controversy and make a name for himself. He put a good man in a position where resignation was the only honorable choice.

    June 23, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  3. Brian

    Ashamed that a smart and skilled man let his hard work and commitment come to this. Obama wasted no time in being decisive and leading. I wish he had been this decisive with the oil spill but then again it is 1 mile below the surface of the ocean.

    June 23, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. Average American

    Yes, the mission is more important than one man. This type of distraction cannot be tolerated. If Kit Bond were a true patriot, he would stand firmly with our Commander and Chief – or do you just do that when your guy is in office? If so, your allegiance is to a party and not to OUR country !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 23, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  5. snow

    I wish nobummer had resigned and the general had stayed. This country would have been much better off.

    June 23, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  6. DJ in TX

    I don't understand the GOP. Gen Patraeus is their type of guy. But they still can't give the President ANY credit for anything. How long do they want us to remain in Afghanistan? It is already the longest war in American history. Hell we defeated Hitler's Army faster than this.

    Why do they feel we need to be the world's police. They'd rather spend money on a corrupt country with no stable government, vs. helping our own here in the US.

    And will some GOP please answer – what benefit has the US realized from Iraq? What tangible benefit did we receive? No monetary benefit has come of it. Remember, there was NO Al Quaida in Iraq until we got there. And now I ask, what benefit have we realized being in Afghanistan for 9 years???????

    June 23, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  7. Steve -Illinois

    General Petraeus IS the best we have. Too bad he most likely still has a bad taste in his mouth from the lecture he got from Obama on how the surge wouldn't work, or Reid's "the war is lost", and Biden's basically telling reporters that what Petraeus said, and the realities on the ground were not the same! Oh how the libs must be fuming over this appointment!!! Remember General Betrayus????
    Eat your words now!!!

    June 23, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  8. Sandra, Atl

    Oh lord! Depend on negativity from Repulicans no matter what the President does. Is anyone else just totally sick of it?

    June 23, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  9. sonny chapman

    Kit Bond is right. We need to tell the world that we will stay in Afghanistan, Iraq, Europe, S. Korea, Okinawa,____(fill in the blank) for a thousand years just to prove how tough AMERICA is.

    June 23, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  10. Marcel, SATEX

    I congratulate President Obama for his courage. A general is bound by the military code of conduct and his duty is to support and implement the Commander In Chief's policies.

    June 23, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |

    A shame, shame, shame. And the shame is on you OBAMA< liar, liar, liar. You and Biden need to be ridden out of the Oval office on a greased pole. Of course all you catfish mouthed supported get on here and do your praising of Obama you savior. You haven't enough sense to know this man is ignorant. THANK YOU MEDIA FOR DOING ANOTHER GREAT GENERAL IN. THANK YOU OBAMA FOR THE BEING THE FIRST M-PRESIDENT TO FIRE TWO COMMANDING GENERALS. HOW DO YOU FEEL WITH ACCOMPLISHING YOUR MUSLIM MISSION.

    June 23, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  12. annie s

    To Senator Bond – yawn.

    June 23, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Okay. I'l play. Here's my reaction: goodbye, good riddance, and did I say goodbye?

    June 23, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  14. Rob R

    Senator Bond, PLEASE!!!! "Win" in a place that has never known a centralized government? "Win in one of the poorest (in more ways than financial) countries in the world? "Win" in a place who's insurgency is manned by over 50% of nationals? Are you kidding? Is your logic what passes for qualification as "top" of "intelligence" committee?

    June 23, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  15. Wisconsinite


    You're a moron. Shut up and go away.

    @Kit Bond

    America is sick of being at war. Especially a war we cannot win. The President is smart enough to know that. Too bad you're not.

    June 23, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  16. Laurie

    I have the utmost respect for General Petraeus, having worked with him while in Iraq. He is a intelligent, tough leader who can get the job done, without a doubt. But honestly, he doesn't need to be there. The man just finished cancer treatments. Its just not a good time.

    June 23, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  17. Rob R

    To "Obama Truth":::you are a hateful person who cannot see past you misguided anger. Your question...What did YOU do today to help your country? Answer to yourself only...we KNOW that your answer will be Righteous and very Christian (remember, Christ was born in that part of the world).

    June 23, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  18. Duck Fallas

    Pull 'em all out and nuke that hell hole.

    June 23, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
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