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June 22nd, 2010
10:46 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Will the Top Commander in Afghanistan Resign?

Gen. Stanley McChrystal is recalled to Washington amid controversial Rolling Stone article.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal is recalled to Washington amid controversial Rolling Stone article.

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

The top commander in Afghanistan has received orders to meet with Pres. Obama tomorrow at the White House. It's a meeting Gen. Stanley McChrystal likely wishes didn't have to take place. McChystal has come under fire for a controversial article set to appear in Friday's edition of Rolling Stone magazine, in which he and his staffers complain about top officials, including Vice President Joe Biden.

In the profile written by Michael Hastings, members McChystal's inner circle refer to Vice President Biden as "Bite Me," call a top U.S. diplomat a "clown" and claim McChystal's first one-on-one meeting with Pres. Obama in the Oval office was as a "10-minute photo-op" where "Obama clearly didn't know anything about him (McChystal), who he was."

Pres. Obama was "angry" when he read the article last night, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said today. Gibbs called the comments by McChystal and his aides an "enormous mistake".

A senior national security official tells CNN McChystal is prepared to resign if told tomorrow he has lost the president's confidence.

McChrystal has apologized for the article. " It was a mistake reflecting poor judgment and should never have happened," McChrystal said in a Pentagon statement. "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."

Tonight on 360°, you'll hear the Michael Hastings, who wrote the profile.

"There where no ground rules that where given to me. I was lucky , I had a tape recorder and a notepad throughout the entire time. So I think it was very clear that it was all on the record. There where parts that where off the record that I did not use," Hastings told CNN earlier today.

We'll also dig deeper on the fallout with CNN's National Security Analyst Peter Bergen, Democratic Strategist James Carville and Sr. Political Analyst David Gergen.

We're also tracking developments in the Gulf. On day 63 of the oil disaster, a federal judge blocked enforcement of a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling. The White House says it will appeal the decision. Though, Louisiana's Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) and Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana, are asking the Obama administration not to take that step. Anderson will talk with Jindal tonight on the program.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET. See you then.


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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Chris

    Truth is oil is a lot of Rich peoples asset. And they can not let go of the thought of not making money off of oil.

    June 23, 2010 at 2:31 am |
  2. Ralph J. Monasterio

    If what I said IS'NT true...then General McChrystal would have gone straight to President Obama, and talked to him PRIVATELY....ONE-ON ONE..

    Instead of talking to the ROLLING STONES...... about how he SINCERELY feels about all this.

    At least...I WOULD HAVE. It would have saved a LOT of MISERY....all around.
    We are talking HIGH STAKES here, you know?

    And so it goes.

    June 23, 2010 at 2:09 am |
  3. mark

    He needs to resign. His apology is toilet paper. He's not sorry for what he did. He's sorry now because he knows that tomorrow he'll be getting a pink slip. I want to believe that he didn't learned that at westpoint. This guy is bad for everything America stands for in Afghanistan.

    The president should follow suit like everyone in his position has done in prior administration. His whole chain of command should be relieved from him on down. I'm confused as to why he was allowed to make more than one time a mistake.

    Mr. Gergen has been out of the military for way too long. You don't get "seriously" reprimanded when your in command of U.S. operation in Afghanistan. Furthermore, He has the lives of thousands of soldiers at his command. This loose cannon general can order troops to their death.

    Does America really want this guy in command of all U.S. operation in the most dangerous part of the world?

    And since when was anyone nonexpendable?

    June 23, 2010 at 1:20 am |
  4. kasha c

    McChrystal may havee post traumatic stress syndrome or just be lacking good judgement (his self inflicted regiment is that he only sleeps 4 hours and night, has only one meal a day and runs 7 milles a day – he might be better suited as a monk or one of those religious types that hit themselves with straps) but truth is that we don't want him in command of our troops. He is scary. He has to go.

    June 23, 2010 at 1:18 am |
  5. kasha c

    Mc Chrystal needs to go...no if or buts...just go!

    June 23, 2010 at 1:14 am |
  6. J n Oregon

    Hey I would love to have the Prez. ask the general what he would do if a private under his command made the same statements to the media that he made.....WHAT WOULD HE DO TO THE PRIVATE?????? This is the same conservative GOP rear licking that deprived OUR troops of a little feeling of home by banning ALL fast food! Is it not bad enough to be young away from home at war and NOT be able to at least enjoy a GOOD meal instead of that ARMY JUNK! Just like the supreme court he has overstayed his welcome and is out of touch with reality.

    June 23, 2010 at 1:09 am |
  7. Anne S

    Though the comments made by the General and his team are out of line, it seems that everything with this "Regime" has continued to move down this path.
    When we have a President "Commander and Chief" that feels that it is ok to say "Ass" on national TV like some big bully,(actually he seemed very proud of himself), and a Vice President that on National TV says "f**king", who are they to take action against those that look to them for proper actions and direction.
    When our own President won't salute our flag, nor be sure that there are Flags in the room when he is on TV – are these not signs of "insubordination" to United States, the Office of the President and the American people?
    The President and Vice President have already set the tone for the Country and our Children! God Help Us All!

    Maybe if the President had shown as much anger about the BP Oil Spill, we wouldn't be seeing the devastation to our communities, beaches, wetlands and economy here on the west coast!

    It's time for this Administration to stand up FOR the American people, work FOR the United States and stop making decisions solely on what's in their personal best interest and that of their supporters.
    Let's see Washington and all involved GROW UP and act like Professionals, get their priorities straight and their language and demeaner in check!
    What are we teaching future generations? it is embarassing and disheartening for us all!

    They should all be reprimanded for their errors and lack of respect for the United States and Americans!

    June 23, 2010 at 12:03 am |
  8. Leo

    Wow, imagine - the President didn't know much about the General when they first met - the general like all egomaniacs needs to get a sense of perspective – his roll in the grand scheme is that of "the tool" and evidently he was not the sharpest in the box.

    June 22, 2010 at 11:38 pm |
  9. Jerry Shapiro

    Gen'l. Mcchrystal is astute in military tactics.He's asked to fight a war when the Afghan government sets rules where & when to attempt to fight an evasive enemy.Gen'l. Mcchrystal is situated in a battle environment along with major limitation requirements.Why are we in Afghanistan war where Afghanis are our uncooperative "allies" who will NEVER embrace democratic ideology. Jerry Shapiro

    June 22, 2010 at 11:33 pm |
  10. Susan

    "The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of all the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.” ~ Albert Einstein

    McChrystal does something about it, what are you doing...besides throwing, or rather Rolling, stones at him?

    June 22, 2010 at 11:29 pm |
  11. Bryan

    Maybe it isn't right and is against the military code of conduct to disagree with your commander-in-chief, but I think this is something the President had better get used to. And, he'd better get a little thicker skinned. He himself hasn't shown the best composure during tense times. In short, he'd better buck up-he wanted the job, and he needs to improve how he handles himself before he goes off on someone who doesn't agree with his way of doing things. Mr Obama needs to get off his high horse and learn to take criticism-he has a lot coming yet. The tip of the "BP iceberg" is just beginning to show itself. He isn't the right man for the job and everyone is beginning to figure that out now, a year and a half too late..........

    June 22, 2010 at 11:27 pm |
  12. Kellie Neal

    Why should President Obama fire a 4 star general in this time of need. Thousands of soldiers have died in Afghanstan and I believe we need every soldier at this time. Four star General Stanley McChrystal served proudly in the military for years and is obviously an amazing soldier. If President Obama fires Gen. Stanley McChrystal it would be a serious mistake.

    June 22, 2010 at 11:26 pm |
  13. John Duplantis, Mandeville LA

    "It was a mistake reflecting poor judgment and should never have happened," ...

    Help me understand why he should stay in his position commanding troops if he is displaying poor judgement?

    June 22, 2010 at 11:20 pm |
  14. Geri Cost

    I think that the President should not accept his resignation but should fire him because of the a\rticle in The Rolling Stones Magazine!!!!!

    June 22, 2010 at 11:18 pm |
  15. Danny Walker

    I spent 12 years active duty army and would have been ashamed to serve under a commander making these comments. I feel he should be called to the carpet and it snatched from under him. General McChrystal is not the only General who can run this war, if the comments were made to gain attention he would get it going home. If you have a problem with your commander in chief pack your duffle bag and take it to the house.

    June 22, 2010 at 11:16 pm |
  16. Doug

    There is a definite fine line when in an upper military position. It is both a military position but it is also political one, just not in the traditional sense. Right or wrong, talking it out is definitely the right thing to do. McChrystal is a great man and a great Soldier. Everyone makes mistakes. This will fuel the counterinsurgency and will be a tool for the Taliban and Al Quaida to use for propaganda if we let it. The enemy is watching this situation and waiting for something to happen. Let's turn a negative into a positive.

    June 22, 2010 at 11:15 pm |
  17. Suzanne Haff

    President Obama must fire General McCrystal. Too many forces are trying to rise up against his authority. He has no choice.

    June 22, 2010 at 11:11 pm |
  18. Evan Krutchik

    President Obama should be furious over General McCrystal's comments to Rolling Stone Magazine. They were extremely inappropriate especially, in a war in Afghanistan with Al Qaeda and the Taliban. President Obama should order McCrystal to resign, no questions asked.

    June 22, 2010 at 11:10 pm |