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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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  1. Sonia Howell Fairview TN

    I agree with the going rig to rig. We need to ensure the safety of what is there before we can go ant futher

    June 22, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  2. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Heather,
    Me too..... I don't like gossip either, I agree your comment, I think you're perfect right.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  3. Dave Y

    McChrystal should be fired – his contempt for the Obama team and his allowance of his subordinates to openly make disparaging remarks shows a excess ego and lack of self discipline. If McChrystal was a true leader, he would confront the Obama administration with concerns an not let this out through the press.

    No wonder Karazai likes him – they are both unstable. Karazai threatens to join the Taliban if the West forces him to allow a just government and give up on his corrupt government.

    Find a new general who can INSPIRE the troops and the Afghan military. We need a fresh look at the situation beyond the remnants of the Bush administration.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  4. Lana

    Freedom of speech= insubordinate; war that will never end in Afghanistan= insubordinate; hummmm what should we do? If this was business we would cut our losses, sell the business, and get out. We should defend our rights and country but sometimes what is right may be protecting our interest on our own homeland. Helping countries= help, but not at the expense continuously of soldiers lives and the expense of a never ending war!

    June 22, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  5. Jerry from Ottawa Canada

    If the companies don't have the deep sea vehicles or tools to deal with any problem at these depths then they should not be drilling. At the very least they should have relief wells. Employ those oil workers to start drilling relief wells now and keep the moratorium until the relief wells are finished.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  6. Emily

    @Jo Ann,
    "That is the only thing that matters, not childish name calling. There is too much at stake."

    It seems like "childish name calling" is everywhere now!
    People need to remember what the goals are, yet, it was very poor judgment on the part of McChrystal.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  7. Mitch

    The president needs to show leadership and that he is in charge. Fire the general. There are plenty of them able to take over. He has shown himseld to be void of the qualities of leadership.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  8. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @June, "perhaps he should have kept his opinions to himself "

    That may be true, but we don't know what is really behind this. Maybe he and Obama have disagreements we know nothing about that he feels are not in the best interest of this war. Obama is commander-in-chief in name only, he has no expertise in this area.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  9. Sue R.,, Canton Mi.

    I have mixed feelings on the oil moratorium. on one hand their has been so much impact on the loss of jobs and don't want to see thousands of more out of work,,,and on the other hand ,,could there be a high risk of another disaster due to unsafe rigs.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  10. Manny

    Gen. McChrystal is supposed to be a role model for the thousands of soldiers in the armed forces and instead has engaged in immature and child like mocking and name calling behaviour one would expect of a hight school teenager and not a commander of NATO forces. The General clearly violated article 88 of UCMJ and probably article 80 as well. Hold him responsible for his actions just like he would probably hold his own subordinates for the same kind of behavior.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  11. Dianne H

    Subordination? How 'bout freedom of speech? Leave the general to do his job–obviously "tactical" politics is not his strength.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  12. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    I am sure that the president will let this pass! I am sure he has seen a lot of similar action like this in his career!

    McChrystal will probably apologize formally and will go back to his job!

    Good or bad, some times people will have conflicting opinions and at times you will have to overlook them for greater good!

    June 22, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  13. Pete

    General Mchrystal should stay on to with draw our forces. It`s clear that the Obama administration is not serious about winning the war and does not have a winning strategy. We are wasting American lives, blood and money .

    June 22, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  14. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    Now I'm worried about the natural gas drilling in states like PA. The only issue I hear about here is how we should tax natural gas mining to get more revenue, but I hear from other sources that the drilling can contaminate our water, even make it flammable! And that this drilling does not fall under the Clean Water Act.

    I don't want our state to be seeing dollar signs and overlook our safety.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  15. Chaney, La.

    If McChrystal is the only General we have that can command the war in Afghanistan then we need to pack up and get the hell out yesterday.... there is a military protocol that must be followed or else the whole chain of command theory falls apart.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  16. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Jo Ann, I agree. A McChrystal book about the Administrations conduct of the war would be a best seller.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  17. Emily

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse,
    "It's questionable that the comments rise to the level of insubordination."

    Why is that?
    Is it because not all the comments were made by Gen. McChrystal?

    June 22, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  18. John Dow

    americans we are sitting here in such dismay of the complete corruption of the government the bureaucracy first with the interior department the departments of energy inability to come up with a viable energy plan we are seeing congressman and senators throwing themselves at the mercy of big oil not to cut off their campaign contributions now our last defense judges seemingly so transparent to rule in favor of big oil vs the general good of the protecting the citizens of this country

    June 22, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  19. emma

    he need to fire him..if mcchrystal died tomorrow he'd be replaced...no one is indespensible....and besides t hey are very disrepectable to him.....let him go don't need someone like that...about the oil moretorum they need to let it go through. they have no way to fix the first spill so shut everything down until they can guarantee a fix....if something happens again they will blame it on him too. give our president a break.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  20. Chris

    Does anyone really think that one of the most disciplined men in the military who has attained the rank of 4 star General and is reputed to be brilliant really made a lapse in judgment or did not realize what he was doing? No way. This is a power play with implications beyond Afghanistan, because the President will appear weak regardless of whether he chooses to fire the General or retain him in command, It is a lose / lose situation for the President and that is why the actions taken by the General are not a lapse in judgment or an oversight.

    Query, then why the General took the actions....? That is the real story,

    June 22, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  21. Derek

    Regarding the General, I'll bet you a subscription to the Rolling Stone Magazine that the General runs for president in 2012

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

    If a reporter from a magazine can get derrogatory statements on print from McChrystal's close advisors about their superiors, should we worry about what other information is being released thru other channels? Opinions of decision makers, policies and other information could be used against us by our enemies to undermine the morale of our troops. Isn't there COMSEC procedures to prevent this?

    June 22, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  23. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I dont like gossip, but I'd like to be a fly on the wall when Obama talks with McChrystal about this!

    June 22, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  24. Arine Ward

    General McChrystal used this platform to resign, because he is tired and worn out....instead of stepping down, he had to try and be a hero for the American people...he will be out the door, with no benefits, and I could careless about his 33yrs of service.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  25. Cristie D ~ Philly Pa

    Two poor decisions made by two key players is NOT going to help us in this war. If Obama asks McChrystal to step aside we're all going to pay. Mr. President, suck it up and just stop the oil!!!

    June 22, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  26. Kamerin, Hendersonville NC

    Are you sure there is enough oil down there to even start drilling again? Plus, if they were ready for a spill then why is there still a pic of the oil still gushing into the ocean saying Day 64? BP is so stupid enough said!

    June 22, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  27. Randy

    The Gen. serves at the pleasure of the President. I beleive President has every reason to fire him. I would do the same to anyone that served or worked for me.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  28. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA, "All it matters at this point is whether he is meeting his goals!"

    That is the only thing that matters, not childish name calling. There is too much at stake.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  29. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Bobby Jindal's points are valid. Why wait on the commission? Why not have specific actions to complete to resume drilling?

    June 22, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  30. Emily

    This Moratorium should be lifted when all of these companies have a "real" plan in the event that something goes wrong....NOT the Very Same one as each other which saves the walrus, and is provided from a deceased person!!! (The "Expert" should be ALIVE!!)

    June 22, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  31. Lance

    A resounding blunder! It seems General McChrystal desperately wants out of Afghanistan. Too bad he had to drag several thousand more troops into the quagmire. Want out of a hole? Step one, quit digging!

    June 22, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  32. Edna Jennings

    The United States of America is in serious trouble if a general, of any number of stars, cannot be replaced without jeopardizing our war efforts. What the heck would happen if he were killed in the war? And then the one who came after him? If we don't have more than 1 or 2 highly skilled generals, we are in deep trouble.

    I sincerely hope the President fires him because the actions of the General and his aides are beyond anything any President should have to abide.

    Shame on all of these career military people.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  33. John Dow

    if CEO haward needs time to investigate what happened so do we America needs these idiots drilling off the virginia and Alaska coast like a hole in the gulf and if this well is only stopped by a relief well it will double the work two wells one main well and one relief well needs to be drilled everytime

    June 22, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  34. Joshua

    I love this,
    He speaks out against his bosses(not allowed in the army), all these Videos and Pics of him outside(w/o headgear(patrol cap) on is against AR 670-1.
    Setting a poor example to soldiers, most importantly the younger ones that are now going thru EZ style basic training(seriously, cant pass PT tests, cant do simple function checks on primary weapons, zero respect for chain of command) just to get troops out so they can rotate for deployments.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  35. David, Indiana

    I haven't read Michael Hastings's article in Rolling Stone, so it's hard to say for me. The fact that much of this comes from the General's aids is relevant, possibly a case of need to get his staff in line as he's in a key position in Afghanistan. If he's getting along with Sec. Clinton that's maybe a good time as she commands quite a bit of respect in the admin, throughout the country and internationally.

    The general is the President's pick that's major backing.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  36. Murray

    The president must immediately fire (not allowing him to resign) the general, if he wishes to maintain the respect for his office which he deserves as our elected president. I truly believe that the military's attitude as well as many of his political opposition is pure racism. They, the opposition, feel that Obama is not a real person to be respected. He needs to take vefy definite and immediate action as the boss!

    June 22, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  37. lisal -canada

    whether one agrees or not with the current status of the moratorium, it is the current situation. the workers who rely on these rigs probably already know the risks and dangers – it is a way of life for them – like the coal miners – hard, dirty job and kudos to the people who risk their lives to do these jobs. for a living.

    the regulatory agencies should start randomly safety testing rigs (kind of like Quality Control on a production line). and if they don't pass – shut'em down – one at a time. of course if they have all paperwork and valid safety inspections then ... kind of like immigration – if you have the legal paperwork then there shouldn't be a problem. right?

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

    Jo Ann...Yes he may have been expressing opinions about President Obama....but perhaps he should have kept his opinions to himself as he was in charge of his military personnel in a war zone and maybe setting an example and encouraging his troops would have been a better way to go!

    June 22, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  39. Wendi

    I believe Obama has not choice but to fire him.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  40. carol

    Its about time someone in the military speaks out on how the adminstration is handling the war. It takes guts to stand up for what you believe in and speaking out for others in the same situation.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  41. Bonne

    I think the General has said what other's would say but doesn't have the nerve. He has the freedom to say what all of us think. the president has displayed his "not interested" attitude towards the oil spill and other large issues. I hope they keep him and not fire him.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  42. John Dow

    How deep does the corruption in the government go to protect Oil Companies interests?

    June 22, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  43. Jackie Yeomans

    Is it possible that McCrystal has chosen to leave the war arena on the grounds of insubordination to the President because that is preferable to him than being remembered as the general who lost the war in Afghanistan?
    Jackie from Toronto

    June 22, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  44. Shelly

    Even I know better than to do what he did. You have a problem with your boss or their decisions – you tell THEM, you do not tell the press! It makes me think perhaps he did this on purpose to have some desired effect.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  45. Cristie D ~ Philly Pa

    It sucks working under people who don't listen to you...especially when you're the only one in the room who really knows what's going on.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  46. Gail Illinois

    Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it–fire the general now; don't wait for this to escalate even more.

    If we don't have anyone else to replace him, it doesn't say much about our military. No one is irreplaceable.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  47. Kathryn Wood

    Gen. McChrystal may have inadvertently just brought the end of the Afghanistan war to an end. Thank God he had the anatomical parts to speak the truth about the commitment of the Afghan people in eliminating the Taliban. The world watches the US dump billions of dollars into hostile countries for hospitals, schools, roads and anything else they ask for in the name of winning over loyalty. When has it worked? Thank you, Gen. McChrystal. You deserve an award instead of a 'dressing down'.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  48. Arine Ward

    To my knowledge its not a requirement that a President Serve in the Military...so it again would mean...if this General is blunt and out of order of a Chain he is to hold together...should be "Fired" no tax payer benefits....Get'em out of here! Next!

    June 22, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  49. Roland J. Caldwell, Sr.

    The president is acting correctly in calling the general in to hear what he has to say for himself. If the remarks are verified, he should be fired on the spot. While he may be an outstanding commander, he
    needs to show respect to the president who is the Commander-in-Chief. Moreover, if we have only one general who can prosecute this
    war, we have a greater problem with our military than I thought possible.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  50. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Its pretty bad when the general, who is supposed to be leading and being a model for how the military is supposed to act, is talking like that and showing disrespect for the president. Not a smart thing to do!

    June 22, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
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