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McChrystal denies offering to resign
MSNBC ^ | June 23, 2010 | Staff

Posted on 06/23/2010 6:15:16 AM PDT by MaestroLC

WASHINGTON - At a precarious moment in the war in Afghanistan, President Barack Obama prepared to hear his top war commander explain biting published complaints about the commander in chief and his aides. Even before their showdown, the White House's rebuke of Gen. Stanley McChrystal suggested it would be hard for him to save his job.

Ahead of his meeting with the president, McChrystal arrived at the Pentagon for meetings, including once scheduled with Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

On his arrival, he denied to NBC News that he's offered his resignation. "Come on, you know better than that. No!"

(Excerpt) Read more at msnbc.msn.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; denial; donilon; mcchrystal; obama; resign; thomasdonilon; zeroandhero
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Oh boy...
1 posted on 06/23/2010 6:15:19 AM PDT by MaestroLC
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To: MaestroLC

Joe Klein! ...your source in the White House sucks!!


2 posted on 06/23/2010 6:17:16 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: MaestroLC

Mmmmm. Should be an interesting day.


3 posted on 06/23/2010 6:17:32 AM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights (.)
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To: MaestroLC
The warrior meets the girly-man.
4 posted on 06/23/2010 6:18:01 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law." -- Aristotle)
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To: MaestroLC

LOL


5 posted on 06/23/2010 6:18:21 AM PDT by A. Morgan
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To: MaestroLC

Boy all of these reporters that are reporting this are looking very stupid right now. He typed up a resignation letter, didn’t he? Didn’t he?? What kind of journalism is this??

On a side note, would love to be a fly on the wall in that meeting with the President. It’s going to be a good one. Wonder if Joe “Stand Up for Chuck” Biden will be there...


6 posted on 06/23/2010 6:18:34 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: TexasCajun

Joe Klein delivered the message Obama wanted.


7 posted on 06/23/2010 6:18:44 AM PDT by AU72
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To: MaestroLC

So, McChrystal is not giving Obama the easy out. Should be an interesting day indeed.


8 posted on 06/23/2010 6:19:04 AM PDT by mlizzy (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee ...)
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To: MaestroLC
Now this is an interesting turn of events.

Why lay those particular cards on the table to the press?

9 posted on 06/23/2010 6:19:09 AM PDT by snowsislander (In this election year, please ask your candidates if they support repeal of the 1968 GCA.)
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To: MaestroLC

FRiends, watch out. That MSNBC (what do you expect from them) link may slow your puter down to a snail’s pace.

This is just more proof showing what a little, little man the usurper is. He can dish is out, but he can’t take it. Whaaaa!


10 posted on 06/23/2010 6:19:38 AM PDT by bgill (how could a young man born here in Kenya, who is not even a native American, become the POTUS)
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To: MaestroLC

He wants his unemployment check! lol


11 posted on 06/23/2010 6:20:13 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: MaestroLC

This will be interesting. I actually give Obama some latitude either way on this. There is so much truth in the article, but if I was CIC I would not allow this to pass, as it opens up the potential for a deluge of criticism within the ranks, and this is open criticism is out of bounds. I don’t fault the General for doing it even if it is wrong. Also, regardless of Obama’s decision-making here, he is still a dreadful CIC and President on all accounts. That doesn’t mean he can’t occasionally do something correctly.


12 posted on 06/23/2010 6:20:35 AM PDT by ilgipper
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To: Old Teufel Hunden

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=169937 Here’s a list posted at World Net Daily...


13 posted on 06/23/2010 6:21:26 AM PDT by Grumpybutt (Back off! I'm Grumpy (love that car window sticker!) LOL)
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To: MaestroLC

14 posted on 06/23/2010 6:21:54 AM PDT by VanDeKoik (Iran doesnt have a 2nd admendment. Ya see how that turned out?)
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To: MaestroLC

Get out while the gettin’s good Mac. Let some other dancing prancing perfumed price get his name tied to Obama’s Failure.


15 posted on 06/23/2010 6:22:21 AM PDT by Seruzawa (If you agree with the French raise your hand - If you are French raise both hands.)
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To: TexasCajun

Joe Klein doesn’t even rise to the level of his source.

Apparently, the resignation announcement was designed to push McChrystal into doing so.


16 posted on 06/23/2010 6:23:04 AM PDT by MortMan (If quizzes are quizzicle, what are tests?)
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To: MaestroLC

WOW, who to believe? Kalee rolls eyes.
The WH is caught again.
I believe Kyl and MvChrystal, O lies.


17 posted on 06/23/2010 6:23:07 AM PDT by kalee (The offences we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: ilgipper

“Also, regardless of Obama’s decision-making here, he is still a dreadful CIC and President on all accounts. “

Bo is a traitor and is tearing down our country. The General did vote for BO but appears to have seen the light. I applaud him for doing what he thinks is necessary to resist the destruction of our country.


18 posted on 06/23/2010 6:23:23 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: MaestroLC
He is forcing Obama to fire him or demand a resignation. This is what he intended when he gave the RS interview. He is a courageous guy.
19 posted on 06/23/2010 6:23:27 AM PDT by outofstyle (Anti-socialist)
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To: MaestroLC

He should have resigned and stole Obama’s thunder.


20 posted on 06/23/2010 6:24:00 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Never trust anyone who points their rear end at God while praying.)
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To: MaestroLC

The way the press is playing this you’d think General McChrystal had slapped a soldier with PTSD.


21 posted on 06/23/2010 6:24:13 AM PDT by dblshot (Insanity - electing the same people over and over and expecting different results.)
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To: MaestroLC

The general’s response could be interpreted not as a denial of the resignation being submitted, but as “I can’t answer that question; you know better than to try to discuss it with me, and, no, I’m not going to discuss it”


22 posted on 06/23/2010 6:24:43 AM PDT by dinoparty
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To: ilgipper

I’m curious. What did the General specifically say that would be considered open criticism? Read the article carefully: most of it was quotes from his staff and conjecture by the author.


23 posted on 06/23/2010 6:24:59 AM PDT by RKBA Democrat (How many children are enough? One more....)
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To: MortMan
"Apparently, the resignation announcement was designed to push McChrystal into doing so."

Have you considered the possibility that the resignation announcement was a leak from the McChrystal camp, and McChrystal is keeping BO off-balance?

24 posted on 06/23/2010 6:25:45 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: MortMan
the resignation announcement was designed to push McChrystal into doing so...

Its the chicago marxist way.

25 posted on 06/23/2010 6:26:43 AM PDT by C210N (0bama, Making the world safe for Marxism)
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To: driftdiver

“The General did vote for BO...”

Are we really certain of that? Did someone witness him marking his ballot? Has he, not his staff, actually stated that?


26 posted on 06/23/2010 6:27:14 AM PDT by RKBA Democrat (How many children are enough? One more....)
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To: MaestroLC

From a military retirement standpoint, is it better to resign than to be fired? Do they still have the temporary ranks/permanent ranks in the officer corp?


27 posted on 06/23/2010 6:28:52 AM PDT by libertylover (The problem with Obama is not that his skin is too black, it's that his ideas are too RED.)
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To: mlizzy
I hope Obeeee fires McChystal. But he may keep him because he can blame him if the mission doesn't work. If the General is gone, Obeee will get all the blame.

I fear for our troops. This spitball war is the biggest joke in all of history. Fight to win only.

Semper Fi

28 posted on 06/23/2010 6:28:52 AM PDT by Pit1 (Not illegal immigrants. They are CRIMINAL BORDER CROSSERS.)
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To: ilgipper
I actually give Obama some latitude either way on this

You may if you wish. But of course Obama will fire him. He deserves no credit for that. Even he can figure that out. To do otherwise gets him nothing politically from the Left or Right. He will fire McChrystal because McChrystal has intentionally forced him to do so. He has concluded that this is the best way to serve his troops and his country.

29 posted on 06/23/2010 6:29:00 AM PDT by outofstyle (Anti-socialist)
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To: Grumpybutt
Twenty-two senior U.S. officials have been summoned to the White House situation room for a "private" meeting slated to begin in late morning and to run slightly pass 1:15 this afternoon.

Hu-what?

30 posted on 06/23/2010 6:29:38 AM PDT by Fundamentally Fair (...but already it was impossible to say which was which.)
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To: Seruzawa
some other dancing prancing perfumed prince----

Wes Clark is available?

31 posted on 06/23/2010 6:29:39 AM PDT by litehaus (A memory tooooo longt A)
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To: MaestroLC

Here come the apologies.....


32 posted on 06/23/2010 6:29:55 AM PDT by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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To: Grumpybutt

Now why is little Timmy Geitner in that meeting? That makes no sense!! But then again, this is an Obama meeting. Notice how everyone that is criticized in the article is on the meeting list? Yes, it should be a very interesting meeting indeed. I would be interested to know if Patreous would stick up for him staying while denouncing his actions.


33 posted on 06/23/2010 6:30:50 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: MaestroLC
Hope the discussion goes something like this:


34 posted on 06/23/2010 6:30:55 AM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: libertylover
Do they still have the temporary ranks/permanent ranks in the officer corp?

In this case, almost certainly yes.

35 posted on 06/23/2010 6:31:25 AM PDT by outofstyle (Anti-socialist)
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To: AU72
Joe Klein delivered the message Obama wanted.

Hence the term, state run media. When was the last time the Obama loving media did their real job? At any rate, looks like McChrystal is ready for a head-on with the Blamer in Chief.
36 posted on 06/23/2010 6:32:21 AM PDT by kezzek
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To: MaestroLC

http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2010/06/president_obama_official_sched_345.html

President Obama official schedule and guidance, June 23, 2010. McChrystal, War cabinet meetings

11:35AM THE PRESIDENT meets with his national security team on Afghanistan and Pakistan
Situation Room
Closed Press

1:10PM THE PRESIDENT has lunch with senators
Old Family Dining Room
Closed Press

2:50PM THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY attend the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Nutrition Event
Columbia Heights Educational Campus
In-Town Travel Pool Coverage (Gather Time 1:55PM - North Doors of the Palm Room)

4:30PM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet with Secretary of State Clinton
Oval Office
Closed Press

5:00PM THE PRESIDENT meets with senior advisors
Oval Office
Closed Press

//

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2539731/posts

Senate energy meeting with Obama postponed
The Hill ^ | June 22, 2010 | Ben Geman

A planned meeting Wednesday between President Barack Obama and a bipartisan group of senators to discuss energy policy has been postponed, according to White House and Senate aides.

A White House official said the meeting was postponed for scheduling reasons and would take place early next week.

The official did not provide details about the reason the energy meeting was postponed.

But Obama’s Wednesday schedule was altered to accommodate his planned meeting with Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the military’s top commander in Afghanistan.


37 posted on 06/23/2010 6:34:00 AM PDT by maggief
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To: RKBA Democrat; driftdiver
The General did vote for BO...”

Are we really certain of that? Did someone witness him marking his ballot? Has he, not his staff, actually stated that?

I've seen that mentioned but never with a link..

38 posted on 06/23/2010 6:34:07 AM PDT by Doofer
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To: MaestroLC

Zero and a Hero

39 posted on 06/23/2010 6:34:37 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Article IV - Section 4 - The United States shall protect each of them against Invasion)
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To: RKBA Democrat

The only thing attributable to McChrystal was his reflection of their first meeting where he stated that O’bummer was ill prepared and seemed intimidated by the military brass.

The truth hurts.


40 posted on 06/23/2010 6:36:26 AM PDT by downtownconservative
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To: ilgipper
There is so much truth in the article, but if I was CIC I would not allow this to pass

I agree, however, Bush took this kind of thing daily from the media and others in the military and handled it with grace and poise - He said nothing. If the media treated Obama like they did Bush he would have been impeached by now.
41 posted on 06/23/2010 6:37:02 AM PDT by kezzek
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To: Pit1

Either way, Obama is the loser. If he fires McChrystal, he is portrayed as a petty narcissist who gets all wee-wee’d up over a few snarky comments, not directly from the general, but his aides. If he keeps McChrystal on, Obama is viewed as a weak nancy-boy who cannot stand up to a real man. Our allies in NATO are watching this very, very closely.


42 posted on 06/23/2010 6:37:07 AM PDT by Apparatchik (If you find yourself in a confusing situation, simply laugh knowingly and walk away - Jim Ignatowski)
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To: Pit1

Either way, Obama is the loser. If he fires McChrystal, he is portrayed as a petty narcissist who gets all wee-wee’d up over a few snarky comments, not directly from the general, but his aides. If he keeps McChrystal on, Obama is viewed as a weak nancy-boy who cannot stand up to a real man. Our allies in NATO are watching this very, very closely.


43 posted on 06/23/2010 6:37:14 AM PDT by Apparatchik (If you find yourself in a confusing situation, simply laugh knowingly and walk away - Jim Ignatowski)
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To: Grumpybutt

Here’s a longer list ...

http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2010/06/president_obama_official_sched_345.html

In the morning, the President will meet with his national security team on Afghanistan and Pakistan in the Situation Room. This meeting is closed press. Expected attendees include:

Vice President Joe Biden
Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State
Timothy Geithner, Secretary of the Treasury
Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense
Rahm Emanuel, Chief of Staff
General James Jones, National Security Advisor
Tom Donilon, Deputy National Security Advisor
John Brennan, Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor
Ambassador Susan Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
David Gompert, Acting Director of National Intelligence
Leon Panetta, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Rajiv Shah, Administrator, USAID
James Steinberg, Deputy Secretary of State
Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
General James Cartwright, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan
Doug Lute, Coordinator for Afghanistan and Pakistan
John Tien, Senior Director for Afghanistan and Pakistan
General David Petraeus, U.S. Central Command
General Stanley McChrystal, Commander, International Security Assistance Force and Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan
Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan (via videoconference)
Ambassador Anne Patterson, U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan (via videoconference)


44 posted on 06/23/2010 6:37:17 AM PDT by maggief
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To: MaestroLC


Is that a salute -- or is he trying to swat a fly?

45 posted on 06/23/2010 6:37:30 AM PDT by greedo
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To: libertarian27

He wants his unemployment check! lol
_________________________________________________

Has he been with the US Army for over 90 days? ; )


46 posted on 06/23/2010 6:37:42 AM PDT by Mere Survival (Mere Survival: The new American Dream)
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To: MaestroLC
McChrystal challenged the boss openly. Whether by what he said or allowed his aides to say, it doesn't matter. There is a culture of insubordination at the command level.

McChrystal is stuck, tactically in Afghanistan. So are we, mired in operational hesitation.

There are two many competing strategic goals that compete with each other. Either find the enemy and kill him as fast as possible, thus creating a position of strength to begin negotiations.... Or, take years to empower and embolden the Afghans to carry the fight themselves. We are stuck between both ideas.

McChrystal is likely gone, if he stays, he and Obama both look weak. Obama always looks after his political image first, that is his pattern. Obama won't miss this opportunity to look decisive (for the first time).

47 posted on 06/23/2010 6:37:44 AM PDT by gandalftb (OK State: Go Cowboys)
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To: Apparatchik
Obama wants to humiliate McChrystal to weaken our military.

He wants to see mass resignations from the Office Corps and enlistments-re-enlistments to plummet.

48 posted on 06/23/2010 6:40:07 AM PDT by AU72
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To: Apparatchik

If the General is fired or resigns, as a private citizen can he do the talk shows and “opine”?


49 posted on 06/23/2010 6:42:54 AM PDT by GYPSY286 (Politicians must USE their heads or Americans will LOSE their heads.)
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To: AU72
Joe Klein delivered the message Obama wanted.

Ah! Rommel's Choice.

50 posted on 06/23/2010 6:43:03 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The real death threat is their legislation" Rush Limbaugh, 3/25/10)
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