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June 24th, 2010
10:40 AM ET

Gates advocated keeping McChrystal, source says

CNN Wire Staff

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, left, and Gen. Stanley McChrystal confer in Kabul, Afghanistan, in March.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, left, and Gen. Stanley McChrystal confer in Kabul, Afghanistan, in March.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates backed keeping Gen. Stanley McChrystal on the job because he was vital to the war effort in Afghanistan, but Gates was overruled, a senior Pentagon official told CNN's Barbara Starr.

The official has direct knowledge of the events but declined to be identified because of the internal administration discussions.

President Barack Obama relieved McChrystal of command of the Afghan war on Wednesday, a day after Rolling Stone published critical comments about top White House officials by members of McChrystal's staff.

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  1. Kelly Hursey Belton, Missouri

    Truman fired MacArthur during the korean war...Not much difference here....blatant ignorance on the Generals part...he knows better then to mouth off like that...So served him right being let go...Good thing it wasnt me in Charge...id had him demoted to Private...a General Discharge with No Pension/ Benefits....Lets see who opens their Big Mouth next?

    June 24, 2010 at 3:07 pm |
  2. Tyrone

    Obama owes it to past and future presidents to draw the line and say: this is not tolerable. You must go,"! As a former Marine I know first hand about respect of the chain of command everybody in the military knows! FIRE FIRE FIRE ...THEN IMPRISON HIM!

    June 24, 2010 at 2:03 pm |
  3. will

    I would say no problem to the comment about closing mouths. of course they do not want to hear what many thought and that was if obama were president in world war ii, he would have fired patton in a washington second and that is a fact.

    June 24, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  4. nativegrl77

    i would say more meetings are obviously needed with Obama because he has people who talk too much ... it's time to close their mouths up

    June 24, 2010 at 10:52 am |