Gen. McChrystal's Future: Uncertain

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, U.S. commander in Afghanistan, in May 2010. (Getty)

Gen. Stanley McChrystal meets with President Obama today, as the fallout from a Rolling Stone article remains front and center in Washington. In his article, journalist Michael Hastings (who was on The Takeaway yesterday) quotes the general and his aides making disparaging remarks about various administration officials, including Vice President Biden and the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan.

McChrystal has apologized for the remarks. In a press conference yesterday, the president said the magazine article “showed poor judgment” on McChrystal’s part. So, how will the president handle McChrystal's insubordination? Jonathan Alter, a columnist at Newsweek and author of The Promise: President Obama, Year One, discusses the tension-filled history between Obama, McChrystal and other key players in U.S. military operations.


Comments [5]

Carol Nathan from Carlisle Ma

Politically driven direction from the Commander in Chief is one of the immoral and crazy legacies of the Vietnam War and here we go again. With two children in the miltary, one presently training for deployment in Afghanistan, my hopes are that Obama shows a bit of humility and listens - really listens - to what the boots on the ground are experiencing. I pray that Obama has the courage to keep McChrystal in place and finds a way to productively work with the military.

Jun. 23 2010 09:50 AM

It is M Crystal's Plan ! He proposed it !
Now He Wants OUT. !
NO ! demote him and make him stay.
None of the regular army can have a tantrum and Get Out of the War. The all hate it there!

Jun. 23 2010 09:27 AM
Anne Llewellyn from South Florida

John, I just heard your comments in response to the retired General you had to 'comment' on the issue with setting policy regarding the war. Your disagreement with the 'etiquette' that follow a decision regarding strategy was disappointing at best. I know as a reporter, you want all pieces of information, but there is some information that must remain confidential and all players must respect the decision and move on.

I have been following your career for year and have always thought you were fair and balanced. Today, my interest in your comments is weakening.

Jun. 23 2010 09:25 AM

I just completed reading the Rolling Stone article. I am not sure that this is the individual that should be leading the troops. While he might be "brilliant" in the eyes of some people, I see him as being arrogant and a dangerous individual because he comes across as wanting to just go in to combat and consider the consequences of his orders afterwards.

If McChrystal is in disagreement with the way the war is going then he needs to be removed. I have family fighting in combat right now and he makes me feel very uncomfortable with the attitudes he has openly expressed in Rolling Stone.

Jun. 23 2010 09:06 AM

Time to kick McChrystal's #&*! No insubordinational loose cannons at the top! McChrystal' continued leadership would be a bad example to the troops.

Jun. 23 2010 06:34 AM

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