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June 23, 2010

Furious Obama Summons Gen. Stanley McChrystal to D.C

Furious President Obama summons Gen. Stanley McChrystal to D.C.


Obama declared Gen. Stanley McChrystal guilty of “poor judgment” Tuesday but said he won’t make a decision on the commander’s fate until he talks with him first.

McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, was summoned to Washington today for a face-to-face meeting with the president....

“Gen. McChrystal is on his way here, and I am going to meet with him. Secretary Gates will meet with him as well,” Obama said Tuesday evening. “I think it's clear that the article in which he and his team appeared showed poor judgment, but I also want to talk to him directly before I make any final decisions."

Asked earlier in the day whether McChrystal’s job is on the line, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said that “everything is on the table.”

McChrystal apologized for the article Tuesday morning.

“It was a mistake reflecting poor judgment and should never have happened,” McChrystal said. “Throughout my career, I have lived by the principles of personal honor and professional integrity. What is reflected in this article falls far short of that standard. I have enormous respect and admiration for President Obama and his national security team, and for the civilian leaders and troops fighting this war, and I remain committed to ensuring its successful outcome.”

But the apology wasn’t enough to counter a flood of criticism from Washington – including harsh words from Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

McChrystal has been instructed to fly from Kabul to Washington to attend Obama’s regular monthly security team meeting .

A top military official in Afghanistan told The Associated Press that McChrystal hasn't been told whether he will be allowed to keep his job. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to describe internal discussions between Washington and the general's office in Kabul.

McChrystal spent Tuesday calling several of those mentioned in the article to apologize, officials said, including Gates and Richard Holbrooke, U.S. special envoy to Pakistan.


General Stanley McChrystal tenders his resignation

Times Online

A senior Capitol Hill source tells me that General Stanley McChrystal had tendered his resignation to President Barack Obama and that the White House is actively discussing a replacement who could be quickly confirmed by the Senate.

The source said that among the names being touted as possible successors are General James Mattis, the outgoing head of the US Joint Forces Command and due to retire after being passed over as US Marine Corps commander, and Lieutenant General William Caldwell, commander of Nato’s Training Mission in Afghanistan.

Of course, offering to resign is not the same as actually resigning and it remains to be seen whether Mr Obama will accept the resignation.


McCain, Graham and Lieberman back Obama over McChrystal

LA Times

Three key senators on Tuesday joined the Washington chorus questioning the judgment of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, adding that his fate is in the hands of President Obama.

The statement by Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Lindsey Graham is important because it gives the Obama administration political cover if the president decides to fire McChrystal. The three senators are longtime backers of the military.

“We have the highest respect for General McChrystal and honor his brave service and sacrifice to our nation,” the trio said in prepared statement. “General McChrystal’s comments, as reported in Rolling Stone, are inappropriate and inconsistent with the traditional relationship between commander-in-chief and the military. The decision concerning General McChrystal’s future is a decision to be made by the president of the United States.”


From the Al Sharpton Show - General McChrystal 'A Cancer' That Must Be Stopped


Wild Thing's comment........

I wish Obama would quit, along with the entire Obama administration.

Just a side note first before my rant....... I was surprised to see the Gen voted for Obama.

OK I have to do this so sorry about the bad language.

We are sending our most precious lives to fight this war against Islam. Our troops since Obama was elected have been stuck with the most evil CIC our country has ever had. The R.O.E.'s they have had to try and live with are death sentences to our troops and victory for the enemy. Mirandizing the enemy is another thing that is over the top in how to lose a war.
Add in to all of this ANY General, anyone in the upper command that is not bent on winning, and goes after the enemy with a force that would put the fear of God around the world should get out no matter what IMO. Obama has stated in the past he does not care about victory. That shocked every one of us as it should. But even worse to know our troops also know Obama said such a thing, Obama should have been hung ala Abe Lincolns quote about treason and what it meant to him.

When from the top ( the CIC ) down there is so little regard for those doing the actual fighting then our troops are not only fighting the terrorists but also those in charge.

I have been ticked for a long time, from day one with Obama even during the campaign at his hate for our military. Bush may not have been perfect, but one could feel his love for our troops and they for him. They KNEW he cared about them!!

All I know is I want a Chesty or a Patton in charge, I want Obama kicked the hell out of office along with Pelosi and the rest of anyone either side of the isle that does not put America first, America's security first and will say OUT LOUD the enemy is ISLAM. Not radical Islam, not some kind of watered down version of terrorism, but ISLAM. And like N.J. Gov. Chris Christie said to the moron teachers, if you don't like it then get out. Well if the freaking Muslims don't like it then they should get the hell out of their Islam and stop being a part of something that is a death cult.

IMO this crap with Gen. Stanley McChrystal is more then the article in Rolling Stone, it is every death of one of our troops. It is all I said above with Obama as CIC, the R.O.E.'s and on and on. It is the insane way this war has gone from being called a war to touchie feelie renaming it by the F * ing MUSLIM OBAMA.


I realize Obama is their CIC and there is a thing about not speaking up, not speaking badly about the Commander and Generals etc. BUT and here is the BUT of it for me.

Wouldn't it have been awesome IF even ONE of the Generals had told Obama to go suck an egg when he handed down his R.O.E.'s???? Just an FU Obama no way will I put MY men in that kind of idiotic harms way so you can kiss up to your Muslim brothers. Go F yourself CIC Obama. We WILL fight this war and we will do it the ARMY, NAVY, AIR FORCE, MARINES and COAST GUARD WAY. Not get out of our way and we will let you know when we are done and have WON.

You see what I don't get is when do the lives of our troops, and the WAY a war is fought take more power then obeying the CIC and not speaking ill of those higher ups.

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

3rd Mar.Div. 1st Battalion 9th Marine Regiment
1/9 Marines aka The Walking Dead
VN 66-67

Posted by Wild Thing at June 23, 2010 06:55 AM


Mad Dog Mattis would be a great choice, but not likely since he's opposed to DADT and he's a "kill'em all and let God sort'em out" combat Marine's Marine. More likely that Obambi will pick somebody from Code Pink or the Rainbow Coalition to destroy our military combat troops.

Posted by: Billy Ray at June 23, 2010 08:55 AM

Listen to this guy on Sharpton's program-and yesterday The Reverend Jesse Jackson weighed in. Read between the lines-the mantra- when all else fails,if you criticise anything Dear Leader does, you are a racist.

Posted by: Willy at June 23, 2010 09:23 AM

I see the 3 Amigos are at it again. the two rinos and the one horses ass. Why would they side with obama on anything. Did obama's feelings get hurt in this article. Doubt it. Had McCain Manned up in the campaign he may have gotten a few more votes as it was he let Sarah wear the pants and be the man in that deal.

Lindsry Graham is a complete loser, Elitist and fellow traveler to obama and Lieberman is a disgrace for not standing more strongly against obama's treaatment of Israel.

So for all intents and purpose these three have thrown McChrystal under the bus. But I think it's deeper than that it the troops that are getting the shitty end of the stick once again.

McChrystal was probably the only General they could have sent over there, most likely no one else wanted the job at least who had any smarts at all. Any no nonsense General would have been relieved long ago by obama.

Obama wants no part of this war and that is obvious as far as I am concerned obama's killing good troops for no reason. He's given the enemy the every opportunity to slaughter our troops with ROE's so ridiculous that all the enemy has to do is bring along someone they can claim is a civilian and they can attack unabated.

Time to get out before the Helicopters are on the roof again.

Posted by: Mark at June 23, 2010 11:22 AM

There is good Government theory and parctice. In 3008 the votes did not get a pasible choice.

Posted by: Avitar at June 23, 2010 12:32 PM

If all our generals told bo to kiss off, we would have no generals left. Pbo would then promote his own kinda of generals and then our armed forces would be leaderless. The wise thing for our generals to do these 4 years is to give advice up the chain of command. Obey as best they can down and hope for a change for the better in 2012.

The alternative is to give up. I do not want us/them to be quiters. I want to win the war. Our long term freedom requires us to win. It is going to be a long war. Has been going on hot or cold for 1300 years and is not just going to go away any time soon.

Posted by: Odin at June 23, 2010 02:37 PM

Hi Billy Ray good to see you.

Willy, thanks I have never heard his show. I jsaw that video at youtube. You are so right, their whole thing is to push racist stuff.

Mark, LOL good one, I was thinking that too the three amigos. hahahaaha

Avitar, yes.

Posted by: Wild Thing at June 23, 2010 02:37 PM