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June 22nd, 2010
09:56 PM ET

Gen. McChrystal Under Fire: Join the Live Chat

Tonight on 360°,  the top commander in Afghanistan under fire due to an article in Rolling Stone.  See what Gen. Stanley McChrystal and his aides said that has a lot of people talking. Plus, the W.H. is defeated in it's quest to block deepwater drilling in the Gulf.

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Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

Here are some of them:

1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
2) Don't write in ALL CAPS (there's no need to yell)
3) Use your real name (first name only is fine)
4) No links
5) Watch your language (keep it G-rated; PG at worst - and that includes $#&*)


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soundoff (232 Responses)
  1. Di Berube

    Hello Anderson, I am on the edge of my seat with anticipation, again. I can not wait to see what you’ve uncovered for tonight’s show.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  2. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Anderson, the last time this happened was when McChrystal's predecessor was relieved early.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  3. mike

    The General is entitled to his own opinion. I applaud him for not being an automaton and being honest. The mission is moving forward. Bottom line -"Is he still doing what's he's been ordered to? "

    June 22, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  4. Joe

    Good evening everyone.
    Either the general's lost his mind, or he's starting a new career in politics, in which case he's just made a brilliant move.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  5. Paul in Concord

    If Truman could fire MacArthur then Obama can surely chuck McChrystal.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  6. Matt

    Gen. McChrystal was very focused on population-centric counterinsurgency, rather than President Obama's focus on al-Qa'eda. I would be interested in Peter Bergen's views as to whether any replacement for McChrystal would focus more on the insurgency or more on al-Qa'eda, given the strategic divide in focus.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  7. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    Am i the only one who is a little happy today that we haven't started the news with BP yet?

    Feels good to not think about them yet!

    June 22, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  8. Charles

    Obviously all these issues demonstrates severe issues in the U.S. General McChrystal obviously thought himself a movie star instead of a warrior. His immature behaviour has undermined the very soldiers he is sending into combat to die. Then there are the Louisiana folks, that are encouraging more oil companies to drill away. Well done Bobby Jinal, keep governing as is. Wow, I need to join the republican party.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  9. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    So Obama's handpicked general smacked him down! McChrystal may have been out of line, but he may also be expressing opinions about Obama shared by other military personnel.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  10. Carolyn

    McChrystal should be FIRED for not merely ONE but more infractions. I don't care if the man is a risk-taker, that is part and parcel of being in the military, and does NOT excuse bad behavior! Period. Yut you do NOT allow, nor contribute to the disrespect of your Commander In Chief, and his office, whether you agree with him or not. That is behavior unbecoming of an Officer of his stature and should NOT be tolerated at all! Do NOT accept his resignation, he does not deserve that level of respect. He should be dressed down and fired!

    June 22, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  11. George Carey

    I don't know why Obama and his boys are so shocked by what General McChrystal said in the Rolling Stones article. All the General said is what the rest of us are already thinking.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  12. Arine Ward

    its funny how "some" think this Adminstration has messed up these fruitless wars...When this Administration had "nothing" to do with the start of the wars...and they're not able to turn over eveything within a years time...Seems all these opinions...on what bad this Administration has done...when they've done so much good...

    June 22, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  13. David, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson, Isabel, Emily, Starr, Megan, Sree, Nicole, everyone.

    Happy Birthday Megan! Wishing you a fantastic b-day and the very best everyday all year.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  14. James Sue

    I believe the man was expressing his views and opinions to a magazine. Right, wrong or indiffeent, he has that right. He did nothing to compromise his duties and if he is forced to resign or is terminated, I fear for my own job. Maybe President Obama should seek WHY he dels that way and consider his point of view.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  15. Robert Gonzales

    General McChrystal shoul be fired,
    It is not an Officers position to speak about politcs to the Public.
    And if he was drinking alchol in a muslum country that is a poor example of a Officer in the United States Army officers are to hold a higher moral and ethical behavior in combat or any other Host country.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  16. Kevin

    The General defied the Uniform Code of Military Justice, knowingly, and in a time of war. Like McClellan and MacArthur before him, McChrystal deserves to be fired. The partisans need to cool it. This isn't about party viewpoint, but the preservation of our democracy and that requires absolute control of the military by civilian authority.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  17. Emily

    Good evening Anderson, 360 Team, Jo Ann, Mike, Nicole, David, Isabel, Megan, Nancy, Sree, Gloria, & Bloggers!

    What was Gen. McChrystal thinking???
    There is no way that he can remain...he's trashed the entire Administration...

    June 22, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  18. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Lisa,
    No. That is not true at all.....He had fail us, Mistake his comment about our president Obama.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  19. Gail Illinois

    McArthur and Truman went through this, and I think we know how that turned out–this should be the same. Obama should not give the general the choice to resign but should fire him.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  20. Rene

    I'm disappointed in our general but he does make a valid point. our president doesn't seem to be leading our military to victory.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  21. Jim

    It is unfortunate that a guy of this stature can't keep his mouth shut. He is what this country needs to protect it. it reminds me of watching a movie...A Few Good Men.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  22. Hannah M.

    General McChrystal did make a mistake... However, he apologized. I think that it would be a even worse mistake for President Obama to fire him. General McChrystal is bearing the weight of the war in Afghanistan on his shoulders. Everyday he has to deal with a corrupt government and the deaths of those he's lead. Obviously, the amount of pressure is tremendous.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  23. ELIZABETH

    I think the General's apology is enough and that " there is much ado about nothing"! I think the Rolling Stone reporter played those guys like a violin. He should be ashamed with his gotcha journalism sprung on war weary soldiers.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  24. Joel R.

    It is about time someone in the military has the guts to stand up to this regime. This regime does not care about the military and will do anything to weaken it. Hats off to you General McChrystal for speaking up and telling it like it is. I just wish the rest of the media would do the same about this puppet president and his followers. Don't drink the kool aid like many of the country did 1 1/2 years ago.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  25. audrey

    I think the General said what many American's have been saying in the coffee shops, living rooms and other meeting areas the past year.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  26. Jeff Risinger

    This is simple take him down to one star and keep him in palce. I don't think anything could hurt this guy except to the loss of a few stars. Jeff St. Louis

    June 22, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  27. Holly

    I think that President Obama should fire the general as opposed to letting the general resign. Although my husband and I have never been in favor of this war, there are men and women putting their lives on the line minute by minute. The toll on them and their families is huge. This kind of scathing subordination is harmful to our troops as well as how we are viewed by the world.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  28. Sadie

    Obama must fire McChrystal, he must show the country he is in charge. This is not the first time SM has pulled this kind of crap. He covered up the Tillman death and also has leaked some report so he could achieve what he wanted. I say throw the bum out!

    June 22, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  29. carol

    So is the General planning to run for president as a republican against Pres Obama? Is that why he is trying to make Obama look bad?

    June 22, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  30. Steve Brown, MA Ed

    Gen. McChrystal should be facing a courts martial. When I was on active duty if I would have made a public satement like that about my commander (especially the Commander In Chief) I would have gotten a ticket straight to Levenworth. No Questions asked

    June 22, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  31. Paula, Colorado

    Anderson,
    Hi!
    It seems a strange sequence of events for the General. The Rolling Stone article is fascinating, especially in that it isn't just speculative.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  32. Jim Colston

    I agree with civilian rule of the military, but not left of center liberals who know nothing about it; what an oxy moron. This great country is free and what it is because of the likes of Patton and MacArthur; this general is a good replica.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  33. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    It will be interesting to see what happens tomorrow in the meeting with the President. I've wondering if the President will allow him to resign without recourse or will exact punishment from the UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice)...with a possible Article 91 offense for insubordination?

    June 22, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  34. Seth

    Well truth hurts..General is right, the administration has bungled the afghan war, cutting him loose and putting a yes man in place is not going to solve the problem. there is still time to cut losses and wrap up the afghan theater, winning there is a dream which is never going to happen.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  35. Walter

    I think that the President should listen to the General and then fire him.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  36. lisal -canada

    so is it true that mcchrystal is considered by many to be the only one who can do the job? would that make mcchrystal 'too big to fail' ?

    come on ... if the military doesn't have redundancy (surely generals have understudies) i would be shocked. what would they do if he had ever been killed in combat ... the entire afghan project would have fallen apart? sheesh.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  37. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    It's questionable that the comments rise to the level of insubordination. However, Obama can fire any flag officer at any time if he loses confidence in him or her.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  38. Cessy - Chicago

    Good evening everyone! Happy Tuesday!

    wow! interesting article on Gen. MChrystal...read it during my lunch break. looking forward to hearing more about this.

    Hi Anderson! 😀

    June 22, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  39. Kamerin, Hendersonville NC

    What is the General thinking? The the world is going crazy now a days.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  40. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Hello bloggers. McChrystal's comments are 100% correct, but he should have resigned before saying hem.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  41. Sue R.,, Canton Mi.

    Good evening.

    Looking forward to the show tonight.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  42. Kenya

    Was this Gen. MCChrystal under the influence of something while doing the interview with RS? What was he thinking. Poor judgement indeed!

    June 22, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  43. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    General McChrystal exercised poor judgment and a major breech of protocol by being insubordinate to his chain of command. Such behavior cannot be tolerated.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  44. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    Happy Birthday Megan! Hope you had a great b'day!

    Good Evening Anderson, AC360 Team, Megan, Starr, Emily, Jo Ann, Sue, David, Nicole, Gloria, Heather, Di, Samantha and other bloggers!

    Hoping for a great show tonight!

    June 22, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  45. Kamerin, Hendersonville NC

    Good Evening Mr.Cooper and fellow bloggers!

    June 22, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  46. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Good evening Anderson, AC360 and fellow bloggers...

    Thanks again Anderson for staying in the Gulf for a 5th week now. Keep it up.

    Happy Birthday Megan! (Mine was yesterday)

    June 22, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  47. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    Good evening everyone – Anderson, David (Indiana), friends and bloggers!
    Good show tonight.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Megan, Joe, Jessica, Candy, David Gergen, Ed Henry, Martina, Nicole, Kim, Emily, Gloria, Dodie, Mike, Casey, Milan, Vivan, Gabriela, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, David-Indiana, JoAnn, Monica, Kathy, Jane, Gayle, Renee, Caroline, Danie, Lori, Adelaide, BettyAnn, Heather, Starr, Sharon, Casey, A. Smith, Devin, Karin, Dulcie, Michael, Karen, Miranda, Charlotte, Sree, Nancy, others and my friend Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!

    Thanks for coming in for join us tonight! 😀
    Happy Tuesday night!!!
    (I like to say thanks so much in my heart, I am grateful all of you wrote beautiful message for my birthday wishes, I am really appreciate what you have share with me.... really touched by your kindness towards me. Thank you so much!!!) 🙂 😀

    June 22, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  49. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone!

    June 22, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  50. Jacqueline, NY

    Good evening AC, team and bloggers!

    June 22, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
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