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June 23, 2010
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After a Rolling Stone article in which the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan made disparaging remarks about President Obama and other administration officials, do you believe Stanley McChrystal should keep his job?

Vote in today's poll below:

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Ned Bauer   June 23rd, 2010 12:04 pm ET

The General should be relieved of his duty immediately. There is no
room for insurborination in our system. The President is the Commander in Chief and the General ultimately serves at his pleasure. President Truman relieved General McArthur.

Troy Barrett   June 23rd, 2010 12:09 pm ET

Considering that people have been fired for complaining about their employers on Facebook and Twitter, I don't see how General McCrystal can (or will) hold on to his job.

Moustafa Maher   June 23rd, 2010 12:16 pm ET

Technically , yes he should get fired. He surpassed his boss twice. Once was last September 2009 and the second one is this time ,
and of course there were others that we don't know yet , which is not professional.

Cheers,

Moustafa Maher.

Farhaj Hassan   June 23rd, 2010 12:19 pm ET

General McChrystal should be allowed to resign and or retire tomorrow. This would give allow the Administration the right to say, 'no one is indispensable', and allow The President ample opportunity to change this current misguided course in Afghanistan.

Robert   June 23rd, 2010 12:43 pm ET

Afgh/Iraq are Bush's wars. Maybe Obama wouldn't have started in the first place.

Obama shouldn't be a sorehead. Sacking McChrystal would be to obvious an admittance of what he has said.

Wha'ts really behind McChrystal's remarks? Is America's success at stake? Would a withdrawal be a mistake?

McChrystal is a hawk, Obama a dove. Obama is in a very embarrassing situation, and maybe he deserves his (for his dilettantism)?

Troy Barrett   June 23rd, 2010 1:45 pm ET

If you consider the fact that people have been fired for complaining about their employers on Facebook and Twitter, I don't see how General McChrystal can (or will) hold on to his job.

Tony Chinedu   June 23rd, 2010 2:39 pm ET

I really feel the General should be relieved of his duties immediately. His remarks clearly shows his unwillingness to continue to serve in the US Military.
Tony
South Africa

Keira   June 23rd, 2010 3:07 pm ET

Listen, there's nothing wrong with being honest, but it's one thing to go blabbing to the media about your personal views - when one is such a public figure & the repercussions are huge! We all have issues w/ our bosses, we don't publish them on the company newsletter for everyone to see.

A dumb moment for Gen. McChrystal and if he compromised the US position in Afghanistan he should be relieved of his duties as commander. However, since he's done good work in Afghanista (and both Karzai & the people there recognize it), maybe he should continue in some capacity but not as commander of the armed forces.

Marc   June 23rd, 2010 4:34 pm ET

The general should not be dismissed .Hij should be judged on his skills and not his choice in words.
There are soldiers whom wage war and make decisions on the field. Unlike the politicians whom talk a lot and do nothing and make decisions without knowing the real facts.
My opinion is that they sit together outside and drink a beer and have a real conversations like real men.
As he has done in the past.

Bye bye from Belgium.

Barry   June 23rd, 2010 4:35 pm ET

With the recent NATO commander being fired and now the prospect of McChrystal resigning, the picture in Afghanistan looks more challenging than ever. Also, last month's assasination of a key tribal leader and his family by Taliban/Insurgents leaves no doubt that the security needed to ensure stability does not exist. Karzai should be left to negotiate with Taliban independent of outside coercion/politics.

Michael Buie   June 23rd, 2010 4:45 pm ET

I realize no one in the Military is allowed to speak against the commander in Chief.
But the General is on the front lines and is in as better position to comment than the president who sits in his oval office.
How would we know what is going on if no one says anything.
By the general speaking out shows guts.
Maybe we should run him for president !!

Smith in Oregon   June 23rd, 2010 9:20 pm ET

I'm disappointed in CNN not doing the due diligence in finding out exactly 'WHAT' Gen. Stanley McChrystal did for the previous Five Years in the Pentagon prior to The Pentagon Pushing him onto President Obama to take over as the field commander in Afghanistan.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal was in a boiler room cubicle running extremely Black Operations for the Pentagon for the past FIVE years!

Only the most twisted souls direct the Pentagon's extremely Black Operations around the world. Invariably as those Black Operations fail or the intelligence is wrong, a large number of civilian deaths occur. And over the years those collateral damage 'costs' add up on the individuals directing them. Hence, the answer to McChrystal's beady rodent like dark sunken eyes.

I can't imagine the twisted thinking that would pull someone like that from a dark cubicle where he was planted for FIVE years and place him into the field surrounded by soldiers in the field, expecting him to succeed as the field commander in his 'shake and bake' strategy in a large regional battlefront.

Comparing Gen. Patton to Gen. McChrystal is a gross misrepresentation of Gen. Patton's accomplishments and duty's to his fellow soldiers.

Black Op's depend on deception, lies and subterfuge to succeed, undoubtedly Gen. McChrystal's past FIVE years as a director of extremely Black Op's in the Pentagon explains McChrystal's decision to award Pat Tillman's body with The Silver Star when McChrystal knew that Tillman had been gunned down by his own men, and lied to the American public about that fact and continued to do so until several months and private investigations entailed until the truth was revealed.

Smith in Oregon   June 24th, 2010 10:19 pm ET

Gen. McChrystal had long worked in directing extreme black Op's in the Pentagon prior to the Pentagon pushing him onto President Obama as the best man with the strategy to be successful in Afghanistan.

Gen. McChrystal's comments to Micheal Hastings that President Obama didn't know Gen. McChrystal's background was correct, otherwise President Obama would have realized the Pentagon was pushing a extremely sick, perverted and very cruel individual upon him to shock the Afghanistan people into turning away from becoming a Taliban fighter.

What is stunning is that no one in the Senate Confirmation hearings even had the guts and courage to directly ask Gen. McChrystal what his role was in overseeing the worst, most depraved torture camp in all of Iraq (NAMA).

Torturing Iraqi POW's was clearly illegal by American and International laws and the torture that took place under Gen. McChrystal was far, far beyond that briefly described by Bush-Cheney. Power drills, blow torches, bone crushing beatings, POW's frozen to death, the use of air conditioners to freeze POW's.

SERE trainers that took photos of blow torch burns on the Iraqi POWs torture victims there were confiscated and their lives were said to have been threatened, Photos of POWs tortured to death also were confiscated, Photos of POW's with broken facal bones from beatings requiring hospitalization confiscated.

Army investigators themselves were turned away and told no admittance, Red Cross was turned away and refused admittance, SEREs trainers that previously visited McChrystal's NAMA torture site had their blow torch burn torture photos they took of the POWs confiscated and felt their very lives were threatened, CIA agents were also ordered by their main office in Langley to stay away from the McChrystal NAMA site.

It seems no mistake why the Republican New Right is so enamored by Stanley McChrystal, his resume would be nearly identical to any SS high ranking officer in the 3rd. Reich. I'm not surprised that someone as depraved and corrupted would be unable to win the hearts and minds of the Afghanistan people.

ahmad   June 25th, 2010 4:55 pm ET

he should be replaced with a women general.

Chiho Lew   June 28th, 2010 5:24 am ET

The main reason why I voted yes is that the Afghanistan War is essentially more politically than militarily natured or caused. Therefore, the field military commander should not be openly critical of his Commander-in-Chief"s basic policy line.

Smith in Oregon   June 28th, 2010 10:05 pm ET

Marjah has been the first and only test of Stanley McChrystal's failed 'shake and bake' Afghanistan Police and regional Governments. Briefly the Taliban were pushed out of Marjah, now that Marjah residents see the Karzai Clan's Police and regional Governors are more corrupt than the Taliban, they in mass reject the 'shake and bake' replacements that are being forced upon them, go figure! Meanwhile in a double down Bush-Cheney 'theory', the already failed 'shake and bake' strategy is being employed in a cookie cutter approach in Kandahar.

Americans wanting a swift end of the Afghanistan occupation should implore and request Kyrgyzstan to close it's airbase to America's refueling tanker fleet used to refuel fighter jets over Afghanistan.

Americans wanting a swift end of the Afghanistan occupation should implore and request Turkey to warn America that any further deaths by Israel on Turkish civilians will result in Turkey closing it's airspace and borders to US Military convoys moving US Military supplies to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Americans should applaud Turkey's action in closing it's airspace to Israeli fighter jets, effectively defusing the friction and situation in the Middle East between Israel and Iran. NATO country's should be on notice that Israeli overflights of Turkey would be the same as an attack upon a NATO country and immediately respond to hold Israel entirely responsible.

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Smith in Oregon   July 6th, 2010 1:59 am ET

The Nation of Turkey should totally severe any and all ties it has made and built up with Israel over many decades.

Turkey should immediately ban all Israeli flights in Turkey's airspace and call upon Russia to supply Turkey with its advanced medium range S-300 anti-aircraft missile battery's in case Israel goes rabid on Turkey again.

NATO should be demanded by Turkey and other NATO country's to immediately move to punish Israel as per the NATO treaty which entirely makes it clear that attacks upon a NATO nation is an attack upon all NATO nations.

International and NATO laws dictate and are very clear that attacks upon a NATO flagged ship in International Waters is the same as an attack upon that nation of that ship. The NATO treaty demands a heavy response against Israel.

Turkey should demand Interpol and the International Courts charge Israeli Officials with International Crimes of Piracy, Execution of its citizens, Theft of it's NATO flagged vessel and supplies on the high seas in International Waters, Torturing it's citizens and Attempting to cover up the evidence of International Crimes against Turkey.

Felix Ogene   July 22nd, 2010 12:51 pm ET

Gen. McChristal, undoubtedly, a great soldier disappointed most of his admirers by teaching insurbodination, which he knows attracts a couple of purnishments, with his coments in the interview. The General should have made a memo to his boss; and if not satisfied with response from the administration resigns, which is the practice in the civilised world. I am sure he will never tolorate such flagrant disobedience from any body under his command, no matter the brilliance of the idea such person tries to sell to him.

Smith in Oregon   July 24th, 2010 1:23 am ET

As rabid xenophobe ultra-right conservatives collectively known as 'The Republican party and Tea party' membership watched last night's Glenn Beck blow a gasquet in his latest 'entertainment' episode, he repeated his assertion that directly because President Obama and the Democratic Congress passed America's Finance Regulation and Overhaul, the American democracy and it's grand experiment is now 'over'.

No more 'to big to fail Wall Street firm Republican bail-out's with American taxpayer dollars and according to Glenn Beck, the American Republic is 'Over'? That man is very sad, but the primary question is very much unanswered.

Is the American Republic 'Over'? That is the primary question, however the answer is unfortunately not easily known.

During the utterly depraved and corrupt Republican administration of Bush-Cheney, they created a utterly gigantic Shadow Government under the guise of 'Dept. of Homeland Security'. Bush jr. carefully crafted photos of a single small empty lot and declared that would be the future home of the new dept. Lie's built on lie's are often pointing to the very outcome and merits of a 'thing' in question.

Thanks to the Washington Post article, the new Shadow Government's main complex's alone is THREE times the size of the US Pentagon! There are over 1,200 agencys, some 10,000 offices nationwide and a whopping 800,000 managers with top secret or higher clearance. The lowest possible workers to managers ratio would place them at a bare minimum of 2.4 Million employees in America's Shadow Government alone.

Does America's Shadow Government in fact rule over America's publicly elected Democratic Government? Dick Cheney crafted portions of the Shadow Government to be under over 1,000 different top secret cleared sub-contractors who are not under any US Congressional oversight, nor US Congressional reporting. They are not directly answerable to the US President. Has the great American experiment in Democracy ended? Perhaps, but not for the reason that Glenn Beck bellowed out during his nightly entertaining the Republican party media slot.

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