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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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To: dblshot

The thing about this bruhaha is that it’s all hearsay, what was reported was that aides to the General say he said x, y, and z. Not admissible in court. Not from the horses mouth. Hearsay. It’s actually kind of a betrayal/stupidity on the part of his staff to the general.


51 posted on 06/23/2010 6:44:22 AM PDT by Mere Survival (Mere Survival: The new American Dream)
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To: maggief

Man, oh man. So...did the White House deliberately plant this story to see what would happen...or...


52 posted on 06/23/2010 6:44:28 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Doofer

“The general said that while he voted for Obama, the two men never hit it off in meetings last fall and he found the president unprepared.

However, McChrystal said Tuesday he has “enormous respect” for Obama and his team and emphasized his devotion to winning the war.

“I remain committed to ensuring its successful outcome,” he said.”

Voted for Zer0 and still likes Zer0.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2010/06/22/2010-06-22_gen_stanley_mcchrystal_top_commander_in_afghanistan_ordered_home_over_rolling_st.html


53 posted on 06/23/2010 6:46:11 AM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: MaestroLC

The General should go in and tell idiot obama, he quits, then get out of his uniform and put on a business suit and announce he is running for President.


54 posted on 06/23/2010 6:46:54 AM PDT by sweetiepiezer (Sharon Angle has the Right Angle)
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To: outofstyle

A guy with real stones. How unique.


55 posted on 06/23/2010 6:48:02 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: MaestroLC

The General may have suspected leaks and used the “I resigned” to ferret out who they were.


56 posted on 06/23/2010 6:48:25 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

McC is “keeping O off-balance”. Yep, that’s his style.


57 posted on 06/23/2010 6:49:03 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: Grumpybutt

Man BO must be terrified of this guy.


58 posted on 06/23/2010 6:49:38 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver
The General did vote for BO but appears to have seen the light.

Yes, from the article in question, he now seems to adore Hillary Clinton.

59 posted on 06/23/2010 6:50:15 AM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: Old Teufel Hunden

Betcha McC simply cannot wait to face down these amateurs, especially the community-organizer-in-chief.


60 posted on 06/23/2010 6:50:18 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: driftdiver

The General may have suspected leaks and used the “I resigned” to ferret out who they were.
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Maybe he just found the aide that fed the damaging info to the Rolling Stone.


61 posted on 06/23/2010 6:50:27 AM PDT by Mere Survival (Mere Survival: The new American Dream)
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To: sarasota

Obama’s playbook comes from Alinsky; McChrystal is using Sun-Tzu.


62 posted on 06/23/2010 6:50:46 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: ilgipper; outofstyle; All
***"Apparently the reporter was given access to McChrystal for 30 days. IIRC that is unprecedented.***

>>>>> "According to a post at BLACKFIVE, the reporter was originally only supposed to be there for 2 days but the Icelandic volcano eruption extended his visit for a few more weeks." <<<<<

145 posted on 06/23/2010 6:23:47 AM PDT by Humbug -------------------------------------------------------------- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2539891/replies?c=145

63 posted on 06/23/2010 6:50:51 AM PDT by hennie pennie
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To: MaestroLC

Obama has to act like an adult and make a big boy decision.

His Chicago hack advisers aren’t going to be any help to him on this subject. And he can’t blame Bush because he appointed McChrystal. The easy way out would have been for McChrystal to resign but it looks like the General isn’t going to play along.

Interesting day indeed.


64 posted on 06/23/2010 6:52:18 AM PDT by Ticonderoga34 (Free Obama's Birth Certificate!)
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To: Old Teufel Hunden
I noticed Geither, too. Obviously, the meeting is "to intimidate". Ye ole Chicago politics.

Hey...McChrystal is a white guy....no beer for you!!!

Obama "creates" scenes...Wonder if they'll roll in the White Foam Pillars...to make Obame look real, real good.

65 posted on 06/23/2010 6:52:56 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (What)
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To: Madame Dufarge

I wish it would, too, but I see the general really grovelling and apologizing for his “unfortunate use of words that certainly don’t indicate my heart,” blah, blah, blah. Just once, I’d like to see someone really intimidate B.O. and be honest with him, regardless of the consequences. How dare this lawless administration get all bent out of shape over this little anthill of a problem. Why suddenly start worrying NOW about the military not supporting B.O.? How could any of them support a leader who some feel is foisting treasonous acts on his own country by failing to protect it? Notice how this McChrystal stuff is forcing other things off the front page.


66 posted on 06/23/2010 6:52:58 AM PDT by 1951Boomer
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To: RKBA Democrat

“Has he, not his staff, actually stated that?”

I’ve seen quotes of him saying he voted for Obama.

“Did someone witness him marking his ballot? “

Is that question a joke? He indicated he voted for BO. So he’s either a liar or a fool.


67 posted on 06/23/2010 6:53:19 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Apparatchik

O is indeed a “petty narcissist” and a “nancy boy”. You nailed it.


68 posted on 06/23/2010 6:53:30 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: maggief

Bambi has to surround himself with these folks because he’s clueless.


69 posted on 06/23/2010 6:54:06 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: MaestroLC
I have to wonder about the judgment of any general that would want to be placed in McChrystal's position. I have to wonder about McChrystal's judgment for voting for Obama. Would any of you want to be tasked with implementing Obama’s withdrawal from Afghanistan? You would forever be linked with losing the war in Afghanistan, and that is what is going to happen by setting political deadlines rather than military ones. Who wants to be the captain of a sinking ship?
70 posted on 06/23/2010 6:54:38 AM PDT by Nosterrex
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To: Apparatchik

“Our allies in NATO are watching this very, very closely.”

So are our enemies.


71 posted on 06/23/2010 6:54:43 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: AU72

That wouldn’t surprise me. Imagine he has his civilian corps at the ready to defend us here, not there.


72 posted on 06/23/2010 6:55:14 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: mlizzy
So, McChrystal is not giving Obama the easy out. Should be an interesting day indeed.

Zero would not have accepted McChrystal's resignation anyway. He has a whipping boy now.
73 posted on 06/23/2010 6:56:17 AM PDT by Renderofveils (My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music. - Nabokov)
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To: maggief
A White House official said the meeting was postponed for scheduling reasons and would take place early next week.

It interferes with a couple of rounds of golf.

74 posted on 06/23/2010 6:56:36 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: Joe 6-pack

Good one!


75 posted on 06/23/2010 6:56:42 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: SE Mom

http://twitter.com/chucktodd

# Senior WH aides note one important aspect of McCrystal-RStone controversy: no disagreement on policy. POTUS is “invested” in strategy. about 15 hours ago via UberTwitter

# Senior admin aides: McCrystal has not offered his resignation but has informed superiors he is prepared to do so. about 16 hours ago via web

# Senior aide: There is a path for Gen. McCrystal to save his job; everything depends on how the meeting w/POTUS goes tomorrow morning. about 16 hours ago via web

# Senior admin source, no one Atlantic knows/has heard/seen etc. anything about a resignation offer from Gen. McCrystal. about 16 hours ago via web


76 posted on 06/23/2010 6:57:29 AM PDT by maggief
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To: 1951Boomer

The General will have it his way, as the Stone article clearly shows. There will be no grovelling. He will be amused.


77 posted on 06/23/2010 6:58:43 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: Nosterrex

McC knew he could play Obozo. And he did. Now let’s watch the show.


78 posted on 06/23/2010 6:59:26 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: RKBA Democrat

I agree...do we really know? The article just makes the claim that he did, but the claim wasn’t directly attributed to McChrystal, which I find interesting.


79 posted on 06/23/2010 6:59:54 AM PDT by rangerwife (Proud wife of a Purple Heart Recipient)
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To: downtownconservative

“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.”

Amen. There is NO DOUBT that B.O. was like a fish out of water with that group. Not only does he hate the brass, but he has not even an elemental understanding of the military. He himself could never have made it through basic training, much less officer candidate school, etc. For a person who flaps his jaws for a living, it must have been awful to be in a roomful of men whose masculine actions earned them those stars and bars.


80 posted on 06/23/2010 7:00:08 AM PDT by 1951Boomer
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To: glorgau

“It interferes with a couple of rounds of golf.”

And, a photo op with MO.

BTW, WTF does he do until 11:35?


81 posted on 06/23/2010 7:00:44 AM PDT by maggief
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To: TexasCajun; All

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

Or that source may have now been exposed.

That's how you'd discover who your leak is — spread
disinformation from the top and see how it leaks out to the Press.


82 posted on 06/23/2010 7:01:41 AM PDT by BP2 (I think, therefore I'm a conservative)
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To: maggief

Thanks!

This is a no-win situation for everyone involved- particularly our troops.


83 posted on 06/23/2010 7:02:23 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Diogenesis
Wow, that picture is amazing.

An American General answering to Kenyan Muslim, intentionaly grinding the American Military into dust.

Just fascinating, isn't it?

In a word, Historic.

84 posted on 06/23/2010 7:03:35 AM PDT by PA-RIVER
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To: Nosterrex
"Would any of you want to be tasked with implementing Obama’s withdrawal from Afghanistan? You would forever be linked with losing the war in Afghanistan, and that is what is going to happen by setting political deadlines rather than military ones. Who wants to be the captain of a sinking ship?"

If he fires him (and I think he will), most likely the only one that will take the job will be his deputy commander. I can't imagine any outside General with the proper qualifications would want to come into this without demanding some changes first. And we know, that's not going to happen...

A true leader would take this opportunity to not only fire McChrystal, but bring a whole new team into Afghanistan, get rid of the arbitrary withdrawl date and have a meeting with Karzai to brief him on what is going on. Possibly even go to Afghanistan to meet with Karzai. We know that Obama is not a true leader so none of this will happen. He'll fire McChrystal, hire his Deputy Commander and things will go along as they are now. God I hope by some miracle that it's enough to win...
85 posted on 06/23/2010 7:04:16 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: reagan_fanatic

This is like throwing a five gallon can of gas on the fire.

It should be entertaining to watch. Seeing anyone stand up to the messiah is encouraging IMO.


86 posted on 06/23/2010 7:04:32 AM PDT by listenhillary (You might be a modern LIBERAL if you read 1984 & said "YEAH! That's the world that I want!")
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To: Old Teufel Hunden

“would love to be a fly on the wall in that meeting “

How about a fly on the face of the Prez? You’ve seen that hilarious picture, right?


87 posted on 06/23/2010 7:04:33 AM PDT by austinaero ((More Bark, Less Wag))
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To: driftdiver

BINGO!!!! LOL


88 posted on 06/23/2010 7:05:17 AM PDT by Grumpybutt (Back off! I'm Grumpy (love that car window sticker!) LOL)
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To: 1951Boomer

A cowardly thug girly-man pimp surrounded be warriors would be intimidated, wouldn’t it?


89 posted on 06/23/2010 7:06:33 AM PDT by downtownconservative
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To: MaestroLC

Seems to me CNN and other outlets loved having retired generals on to second-guess and criticize GWB. Wesley Clarke was on so much I thought he had his own show over at CNN. Now, sll of a sudden, a general is not supposed to criticize the CIC? Smells like a double-standard to me.


90 posted on 06/23/2010 7:06:33 AM PDT by austinaero ((More Bark, Less Wag))
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To: austinaero

Yes I have seen it on Drudge. Pretty funny!! The fly was the one that got the disease in that encounter.


91 posted on 06/23/2010 7:07:35 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: reagan_fanatic
"He should have resigned and stole Obama’s thunder."

That would be one way of handling it, and it probably has a lot of merit. But, on the other hand, oblammo firing the head of the Afghan operation over a petty little article just adds to hussein's reputation of incompetence.

For military and chain of command reasons, the General should be repremanded, but changing commanders at this point might be unwise.
92 posted on 06/23/2010 7:07:39 AM PDT by FrankR (Standing against tyranny must start somewhere, or the future belongs to the tyrants.)
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To: austinaero
Not only is it hideous, but Obozo looks like a cyborg and the fly doesn't bother him one iota.


93 posted on 06/23/2010 7:08:10 AM PDT by newfreep (Palin/DeMint 2012 - Bolton: Secy of State)
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To: Diogenesis
That picture there is why I spoke to my son, the day before his 18th birthday earlier this month.

He is forbidden from joining the Military until we have a Natural Born Citizen commanding the Army. I will not allow my son to become cannon fodder for a Kenyan citizens entertainment between golf outings.

94 posted on 06/23/2010 7:09:10 AM PDT by PA-RIVER
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To: sarasota
"Bambi has to surround himself with these folks because he’s clueless."

and intimidated

95 posted on 06/23/2010 7:10:11 AM PDT by Think free or die
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To: SE Mom

The current policy is a no-win situation.


96 posted on 06/23/2010 7:10:24 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief
BTW, WTF does he do until 11:35?

He could catch the World Cup...you know, root for the US team perhaps.
97 posted on 06/23/2010 7:12:30 AM PDT by Miss Didi ("After all...tomorrow is another day." Scarlett O'Hara, Gone with the Wind)
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To: newfreep

Thats common behavior in Kenya.


98 posted on 06/23/2010 7:14:24 AM PDT by PA-RIVER
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To: PA-RIVER
"That picture there is why I spoke to my son, the day before his 18th birthday earlier this month. He is forbidden from joining the Military until we have a Natural Born Citizen commanding the Army. I will not allow my son to become cannon fodder for a Kenyan citizens entertainment between golf outings. "

My heart goes out to our courageous men and women in uniform. The Obomination exudes weakness and indecision to our enemies, inviting aggression.

99 posted on 06/23/2010 7:18:57 AM PDT by Think free or die
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To: newfreep

Look at that face.

It just bleeds contempt for Americans and their country.

He really hates us.


100 posted on 06/23/2010 7:22:10 AM PDT by PA-RIVER
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