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June 23rd, 2010
10:59 AM ET

McChrystal meeting with Obama as Pentagon lines up replacements

CNN Wire Staff
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Embattled Gen. Stanley McChrystal is meeting with President Barack Obama at this hour - a meeting that may decide McChrystal's fate in the wake of politically explosive remarks the general and his aides made about key Obama administration officials in Rolling Stone magazine.

The White House has asked the Pentagon to make a list of possible replacements for McChrystal because Obama wants to be ready if he decides to fire the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, a senior administration official told CNN Wednesday.

McChrystal is unlikely to survive the fallout from the Rolling Stone story, a Pentagon source who has ongoing contacts with the general told CNN earlier.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • President Barack Obama
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  1. Greg

    Another attack on an experienced soldier by a bunch of green politicians and the media.Why am I not surprised?

    June 23, 2010 at 12:48 pm |
  2. going-going-gone

    maybe he is right. he may not agree with how things are going. but went about it in the wrong way. should be fired because it is clearly insubordination.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
  3. vernon

    I've worked at the same place for 10 years now, and I'm good at my job. But I don't think I could get away with openly trashing the boss verbally or in print. And I'm a civilian. McChrystal is active-duty military. The people who now say the chain of command should also be trashed now because we have a president they hate should realize that they are setting a precedent that could come back one day to bite our republic in a bad way.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
  4. Bobbie Lester

    The general was well aware of what he was doing. Civillian rules and laws are quite different from military. Even if he had problems with the" Commander and chief",those thought should not be expressed throughts should not be express through the media. The general is fully aware of the chain of command, and if he had a problem with the polices, he should have submitted his resignation. I would have a problem serving under a genaral who had a "Do as i say not what i do" attitude.Our men and women lives are on the line

    June 23, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  5. MA Moore

    Maybe they should replace Jo Biden for saying the "F" word on national TV?

    June 23, 2010 at 11:52 am |
  6. Sammir

    I am an Afghan American and from my point of view General McChrystal did a great job in Afghanistan so Far. His understanding of Afghanistan, war and how to win the current situation is admirable, he knows the enemy and distinguishes the friends among them.
    Since he took the command of NATO forces in Afghanistan the civilian casualty reduced greatly and his view of wining the hearth and mind of Afghans is a key to the future success of America in this war.
    President Obama should praise a general like him for a job well done.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  7. VA Bates

    McChrystal should definitely be Court-Martial. His actions were a direct violation against the Uniformed Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).

    Punitive Articles of the UCMJ
    § 888. Art. 88. Contempt toward officials

    Any commissioned officer who uses contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or the Governor or legislature of any State, Territory, Commonwealth, or possession in which he is on duty or present shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  8. Tammy, Houma, LA

    A general vs. a "commander-in-chief" who has never served in the military-whose judgement do I trust more in a war zone? Let's see. Going with the military guy. Welcome to the reality, you are not the gods of Pennsylvania Avenue you believe yourselves to be. Sadly, this general will probably be the next casualty of Obama's ego. And this is different from the Bush administration and presidential ego making policy how?

    June 23, 2010 at 11:09 am |

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