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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. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    @ Megan, happy birthday again! have a great year ahead!

    Early night for me – Good night all.

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

    June 22, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  2. Byron

    MyChrystal should get to keep his job, and get a medal, he is a hero...

    June 22, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  3. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Emily, That BP buy didn't know that Gary is used to people like him who refuse to answer questions. He will just keep asking until he gets the answers. One way or another.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  4. Di Berube

    Why isn’t the government snapping up these whistle blowers?

    June 22, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  5. Kelly

    Regarding Jeff Toobin's comments about the audacity of the ruling today. If a judge has demonstarted themselves to be fair and just, I am not sure it does any good to call the ruling draconian. It is just asking for some boundaries. Yes, President Obama is our executive branch leader, but the checks and balances of our political system are still pertinent.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  6. Dave Y

    I think BP should realize they aren't prepared to run a large cleanup effort and allow the military to run a more effective operation. I don't think BP sees that if they hire the locals, at least they'll appear to be trying to make up for their lack of safety/environmental efforts. They would start to win over the locals with a decent attempt at a large scale clean up.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  7. Michael - Huntington Beach, CA.

    Shame on General McChrystal for being so disrespectful to his bosses and America! Someone with that title and responsibility is expected to be a lot more professional! Thank you Anderson Cooper and the AC360 team for another great day of reporting!

    June 22, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  8. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    I believe that McChrystal knew exactly what he was doing. He easily manipulated the Administration before to get more troops. His goal here is less clear.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  9. Jerry from Ottawa Canada

    If oil workers are suffering because of the moratorium then employ them, at BP's expense to drill the relief wells to make all of those rigs safer.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  10. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    If it's like that, then keep putting in the paper work and keep follow-up with the progress of the paper work. Get to BP, don't let BP get to you!

    June 22, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  11. SANDRA

    i dint feel the general should be fired we all make mistakes
    this was just , and was it really so bad??????/
    my opinion is more inportant about the war going on that should had ended a long time ago, bring our soldies home and watch ever border of the US! not be over there helping everyone out when they hate Americans, we are the mother country of all and if we were in big trouble who would come and help us!!!! really!
    back to the general no he shouldnt be fired look what all hes been through in this crazy war!

    June 22, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  12. gayle

    As a Louisianian, I was happy to see that the judge ruled against the moratorium. If you listen to what Governor Jindal says, it all makes perfect sense. Why shut down all these rigs and put thousands of people out of jobs, when the govt. really has no plan as to what they need to do to ensure safety anymore than they had one before the disaster. If govt. would do their job, maybe this type of accident would not have taken place. And I say maybe, cause accidents do happen.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  13. Emily

    @Jo Ann,
    "Great job Gary! That BP guy looked like a fool."

    A fool indeed! It seems like the calls from AC360 are not the only ones that go unanswered.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  14. Byron

    Why dont those people in the gulf region, that are about to lose their seafood restaurant, change their menu and start serving regular food to save their restaurant, like hamburgers, hot dogs, steak, veggies, etc.??
    At least until they can start serving seafood again.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  15. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Emily, "People need to remember what the goals are, yet, it was very poor judgment on the part of McChrystal."

    I can agree with that.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  16. Emily

    @Heather,
    It clearly seems to be very offensive to many...Very bad taste..
    It's 'ironic' that they did not include Tampa...

    June 22, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  17. BMC Ted Horton USCG (Ret.)

    Most Milatray guys and Girls know you never talk smack about the boss. It's plain and simple.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  18. David, Indiana

    @ Megan you're welcome!

    I don't see how the drilling moratorium with the well endangering the whole gulf with oil, and natural gas and methane emissions is in any way capricious. There are reasons to object or to advocate a different approach but it's not capricious in my opinion. What specifically did the judge object ot in how the admin made their decision?

    June 22, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  19. Arine Ward

    Leads one to believe in looking at the President of these United States, he is a model of the Consitution one who has studied, and mastered it....its impossible for him to strip any rights away...People really need to go on fact and not sound bites of others

    June 22, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  20. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Jo Ann,
    Yes, judge isn't also fan of Obama either, Yes, He decide that overturned against oil spill. Good point, Jo Ann.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  21. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    @ Heather – Spirit airlines is coming out of a strike that had many flights canceled, and I am sure they are trying to make up for the lost money by being aggressive (but ofcourse in a wrong way)

    Some one's loss is some one's gain!

    June 22, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  22. Smith in Oregon

    BP must have been taking notes during the Bush-Dick Cheney two step of bypassing responsibility!

    June 22, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  23. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Great job Gary! That BP guy looked like a fool.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  24. kandee

    Thanks to 360, I have a better idea of the bigger picture of the Federal Judges on the bench.

    Stock in the energy companies, eh.

    Why does that not suprise me.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  25. Richard on the Texas coast

    There should be no more drilling until there is a workable plan in place - more than just a plan on paper - a plan backed up by resources that are ready to be deployed to contain any spill at the source. It can even be the same plan for all the oil companies if it will do the job.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  26. Emily

    I think that Obama must clearly have had confidence in McChrystal...

    Seems like Obama is in a Catch-22 with McChrystal...

    June 22, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  27. Karen, MN

    Hi Anderson,
    Glad to hear the beaches are open. I'm planning a trip to Louisiana this summer.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  28. Heather - Spokane, WA

    That suntan oil ad is offensive

    June 22, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  29. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Spirit Airlines should have thought twice about that ad about "oil on the beaches".

    June 22, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  30. George

    Civilian control of the military underpins our democracy. It is not politics. Harry Truman was correct to fire Macarthur. Ridgway who replaced Macarthur was a great commander. If America does not have a qualified replacement for Mcchrystal then for shame.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  31. Rita

    If MMS would have gotten OUT of bed with BP this may not have been an issue. The government could not do their job the first time (MMS) what makes us think they will be able to fix anything in 6 mos. Get BP out of the Gulf and let them pollute their own waters. American companies and should not be punished for BP's awful safety record.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  32. Wendi

    Between the General and the decision of the Court today, it reall seems like Obama is loosing controll

    June 22, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  33. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Arine Ward, McChrystal has not violated the Constitution. This isn't a freedom of speech issue. It's a violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice for any officer to criticize the President, VP, or Congress.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  34. lisal -canada

    rather than totally shutting everything down for 6 months, i would be interested in knowing how many of those 4,000 or so wells all over the place (a) have ever sprung a leak (b) are leaking now

    i just have a VERY difficult time believing that out of ALL THOSE WELLS, not-a-one spill – or leak has ever occurred
    ? can these things develop slow leaks if they are plugged badly or quickly??)
    ? how can you tell?
    ? does each well/dispersant combo really have a unique signature? perhaps they should start 'fingerprinting' these wells – then you can easily who's oil is spilling where. simple. and informative.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  35. Jerry from Ottawa Canada

    It's pretty easy to see why BP requested this particular Judge. He's obviously got black gold in his veins. I hope Obama makes him eat his words.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  36. Curt

    I wonder about the adverse effect the firing or resignation of General McChrystal will have on the troops under his command. Soldiers yearn to follow a leader. A leader cares about and looks out for his troops, and they know it without him having to say it.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  37. Debbie

    Good show tonight! You're back to your old self...good journalism with intelligence and common sense.

    What on earth is a general that is in the middle of a war doing in Paris talking to Rolling Stone Magazine. Is he nuts?!?!?!

    June 22, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  38. John Dow

    BP has caused the largest disaster due to oil drilling ever in the north American continent in doing so has been cover up the facts since day one. First citing 1,000 bbl. of oil knowing the gusher was producing at least 35,000 to as much as 80,000 a day .

    June 22, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  39. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Jeff Toobin have good point there tonight, I also agree with Anderson said, too.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  40. Di Berube

    How long will the appeal take?

    June 22, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  41. Stella Ray

    Gov Jindal made his press conference at our marina today, Gulf Stream Marina. Which has been basically shut down due to the spill. Last year this time we would have been full almost every single weekend this year zero. Why was there no coverage of that? Our manager Fred Marshall spoke today none of what he said was shown. I am rather disappointed.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  42. Rob

    The aritcle is not that damaging. To bring the general in off the field over a Rolling Stone article is ridiculous. This is an example of what happens when boys supervise men. Maybe the general knows something we don't.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  43. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Jeffrey Toobin, judges overrule presidents all the time.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  44. Jill

    Very clear that Gov Jindal is at the beck and call of the oil companies! Those not working while the oil drilling freeze is in place can they not also get monies from the fund BP has set up?
    As for Gen McChrystal, shame on the man on his staff. I wonder how all the troops serving under him are also feeling at this time? The President should fire him and i hope he does.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  45. Doyle

    Gen McCrystal may have spoke somewhat out of line; but will the President be strong enough to stand up to his comments, such as the Presidents of the past did with General Patton? Sure, Gen Patton spoke out of line at times; but thank God for him, otherwise, what language would be the language of this country, had it not been for him.

    Also, thank goodness for the Judge that had what it took, and the law, to stop Obama's discission to stop oil drilling. Its time that our President stop meddling in grown folks business.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  46. Joan in Connecticut

    But aren't other countries operating rigs in the gulf? How many?

    June 22, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  47. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Seems the judge is no fan of Obama's either.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  48. Andrea

    If McChrystal and his team cannot discipline themselves, they cannot discipline troops and should not have the responsibility.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  49. Smith in Oregon

    Well over 50% of the Gulf State Federal Judges were elected by huge Big Oil campaign donations, it would take a miracle if any of them ruled against Big Oil. This handpicked Federal Judge has Big Oil connections, seems useful if CNN would state that or at least investigate the story!

    June 22, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  50. Arine Ward

    Freedom Of Speech...doesn't mean that you can say just whatever because you're a United States Citizen...and General McChrystal and his staff have violated the 1st Amend of United States Consitution...Please understand you do not have the right to speak harm, negative, or express your opinion in this way...There needs to be a class on the consititution so people understands how it works

    June 22, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
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