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Obama Replaces McChrystal With Petraeus

From a joyous Associated Press:

AP source: Obama replaces McChrystal with Petraeus

Jun 23, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior administration official tells The Associated Press that President Barack Obama has accepted Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s resignation as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan and is replacing him with Gen. David Petraeus, head of U.S. Central Command.

McChrystal was pushed out over his blistering remarks about administration officials quoted in a magazine interview.

After an Oval Office meeting with McChrystal in the morning, Obama huddled with his war advisers and planned to announce his decision on the general’s fate to the nation at 1:30 p.m. EDT in the Rose Garden.

The official spoke only on condition of anonymity, because the president’s announcement was not yet public. Petraeus now oversees the wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq…

That would be the same General Petraeus who the Democrats called a liar back in September 2007.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

36 Responses to “Obama Replaces McChrystal With Petraeus”

  1. tranquil.night says:

    President Kickass’ flavor of the week: “Taking the Higher Road (but your ass is still kicked)”

    No, sorry, that was unfair. Let’s be clear, this is war. Make no mistake.

    Time for unity.


  2. proreason says:

    Gee, looks like General Petraeus will be too busy to run for President in 2012.

    You know, a man like that doesn’t abandon one mission to start another one.

    So now we know what this was all about.

    • BannedbytheTaliban says:

      I don’t know about running for POTUS, but his pre-occupation with Iraq will definitely limit his ability to focus on the Afghan conflict. Presumably this will further slow the progress there making it easier for the Taliban to retake Kabul in 2011 and dove-tails nicely with Obama’s plan to hamstring the fight against Islamic terrorists by bogging it down with bureaucracy. So I was wrong, he didn’t pick someone with no operational experience, he picked someone who already has too much on his plate. In effect, assigning only ½ a general to CentCom.

    • proreason says:

      “his pre-occupation with Iraq will definitely limit his ability to focus on the Afghan conflict”

      Losing Afghanistan has never been a problem.

      In addition to tieing Petraeus down for a few years, this will also discredit him, since he won’t be able to recreate his magic without the support of the President.

      Who do you think will be blamed for the inevitable loss?

      Maybe the boy king will step up to the plate and confess to the deed, ya think?

    • proreason says:

      24 hours late to the game:

      ” refer, of course, to his appointment of David Petraeus to the Afghan war command, in place of the Rolling-Stoned Stanley McChrystal. In doing so, Obama has, at a stroke, taken Petraeus out of the 2012 presidential race.”


      Maybe tomorrow he will realize that Petraeus is also setup to take the fall when the Moron “has to abandon” Afghanistan.

      Perhaps next week, someone will realize that there is no way the boy king could have organized his little coup in 48 hours and that it had to be planned out months in advance.

      And at some point, the light bulb is going to go off in somebody’s head that the little emperor has played the country for fools on this matter as well as most everything else he has done. Who is talking about unemployment or the oil spill catastrophe today?

      Even the normally prescient talk radio guys have been played for fools on this one.

  3. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    Who do you think will be blamed for the inevitable loss?


  4. conant says:

    McChrystal and Palen in20212

    • Reality Bytes says:

      Cheney / Cheney 2012 – THAT’LL PISS ‘EM OFF..BIG TIME ;-)

    • proreason says:

      Cheney / Cheney with Dubya as Secretary of State, Palin as Secretary of Energy, and the Governor of Arizona leading the Department of Homeland Security. Throw in Rand Paul as Secretary of Education for 1 day, until he disbands it.

  5. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Just had to weigh in here.

    On my way back from lunch, hearing the highlights of the boy’s “speech” from the rose garden, I’ll bet fellow motorists were wondering what was so funny.

    Well, what had me laughing out loud so heartily was the utter GAUL this boy has. He said, about McChrystal’s firing, that he “did not make the decision to accept McChrystal’s resignation over any disagreement in policy” (Yes, he did) or “out of any sense of personal insult.” (Yes, it was).

    I’ll bet McChrystal is sooooo glad to be out from under the thumb of our little Caligula.

    If I were McChrystal, I’d retire and go play golf. Then, I’d write a book about every single flawed detail of this presidency, launch it, and watch the fur fly.

  6. proreason says:

    and oh yes, in 2 days, our man-of-action president:

    1. learned of the duplicitous Gen McChrystal
    2. thoroughly reviewed all of the information about the situation and the status of the effort in Afghanistan
    3. discussed the situation with the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs
    4. organized the journey for Gen McChrystal
    5. met with Gen McChrystal
    6. contacted Gen Petraeus, who must have had a lot of time on his hands, because
    7. the man-of-action briefed the idle general and persuaded him to accept the new command, since of course
    8. Gen Petraeus is a guy who loves making snap decisions
    9. prepared the press briefings, press reports Q and A’s
    10. briefed appropriate lower level parties in the Joint Chiefs, the Department of Defense, Security Agencies, Congressional oversight committees, Congress, etc.
    11. organized the consensus support and
    12. made the announcement.

    All in less than 2 days. What a whirlwind our majestic leader is.

    Either that, or this was planned out months ago, long before the Rolling Stone reporter was recruited and instructed what to do and say.

    And oh yes, has General McChrystal resigned in shame yet for his misdeeds? After all, he did vote for El Duce, and he must feel humiliated to have harmed him. Either that, or he’s happy to escape being slapped as the fall-guy for a war he now know’s for sure will be a humiliating loss….as planned all along.

    Why, it’s almost like all of the players hit every mark right on cue, isn’t it?

    kinda makes you wonder why we can’t get a couple of boats to the Gulf Coast, doesn’t it?

  7. Georgfelis says:

    So we have a president who can read Rolling Stones articles and make management decisions based on them, but cannot read Arizona Law (but still can make management decisions based on his not-reading).

  8. Freedom615 says:

    Excellent point, Georgelis. We should do a word count on both publications. I’d love it if it turned out to be that the Rolling Stone article is actually longer than Arizona’s law.

  9. Douglas says:

    I kind of like this quote from MSNBC: In a statement expressing praise for McChrystal yet certainty he had to go, Obama said he did not make the decision over any disagreement in policy or “out of any sense of personal insult.”

    If he was doing a good job and the man-child wasn’t insulted, then why was McChrystal dismissed?

  10. canary says:

    I’d think Obama would have spent more time with McChrystal than 30 minutes. Obama was so quick in replacing him? Golf game? or making sure the next load from Mexico makes it through.

    McChrystal may be mad because he got caught up with his chosen leader Obama’s style & political culture, in your face, kick a**, & plug the dam war.
    McChrystal can still visit his vbf Karzai & yippee, even the Taliban said he was a keeper ! group hug time.
    McChrystal needs to get that frown off his face and be a leader. Lead 1st, as in front, on every operation, oops, I mean progress, and hands on that tea pot, going up to doors demonstrating to our soldiers how to play COIN. Dig some toilets, string some lights, then have night overs in sleeping bags, dancing and singing “afganistan afganistan” by the campfire.

    • proreason says:

      The decision was made long before the article was published. The 30 minutes was for show only.

      Unless McChrystal is a naive fool (not likely) he has known what would happen for weeks or months. He is probably very happy about it too.

      Think about it, canary. It took the Moron 7 months of dithering to decide on “the strategy” in Afghanistan, but he was able to make a decision to can the leader of the effort after a 30 minute conversation with the guy and only about 48 hours after news of the magazine article came out? Not a chance.

      This was absolutely setup many weeks ago.

    • Mithrandir says:

      McChrystal probably wanted a way out of the quagmire that is our desert Vietnam.

      And the easiest way out of a bad job, is to get yourself fired, rather than outright quit!

      It’s more satisfying this way. . .

  11. bobbys says:

    [voiceover] Afghanistan .. chit ; I’m still only in the Stan …. Every time I think I’m gonna wake up back in the hills
    McChrystal. When I was home after my first tour, it was worse. I’d wake
    up and there’d be nothing. I hardly said a word to my wife, until I
    said “yes” to a divorce. When I was home after my first tour, it was
    [grabs at flying insect]
    McChrystal. I’d wake up and
    there’d be nothing. I hardly said a word to my wife, until I said “yes”
    to a divorce. When I was here, I wanted to be there; when I was there,
    all I could think of was getting back into the Mountains I’m here a
    week now… waiting for a mission… getting softer. Every minute I
    stay in this room, I get weaker, and every minute Obama squats in
    public housing , he gets stronger. Each time I looked around the walls
    moved in a little tighter.

  12. PatriotOne says:

    2010: McChrystal fired! He violated the protocol of the military chain-of-command…..

    2012: BHO fired! He violated his oath of office; the trust of the American people; the US

  13. PatriotOne says:

    I abhor what BHO is doing to our nation….. I am working to the extent of my abilities to insure he’s defeated in 2012…..

    But, as a former USAF officer, I accept that General McChrystal violated the protocol of the military chain-of-command. I can’t believe he didn’t know his words, and those of his aides, would result in his firing! Perhaps he knowingly “took one” for his troops…..

    Now, come November, 2012, I will use my vote to “fire” BHO! If enough Americans agree with me, he and his “useful idiots” will be fired! No resignation necessary!!!

    • proreason says:

      Well, he’s only a 30 year+, 4-star general who someone navigated the byzantine politics of the most powerful military in world history to rise to a position of great prominance. How would he know about any stinking protocols?

      Obviously, we overestimated his intelligence. He must have the IQ of a dung beetle.

      Or do you think there is even a tiny chance that there might be more to the story than version now embalmed by liberal and conservative media alike?

  14. Chuckk says:

    General Petraeus is being sent out to tilt at windmills. Without the full backing and support of Washington, his mission is doomed.

    He should award himself a Medal for Restraint and retire.

    • proreason says:

      “General Petraeus is being sent out to tilt at windmills setup to take the fall when we withdraw from Afghanistan and waste the live of 1000+ men and women”.

      There. Fixed it for you, Chuck.

    • proreason says:

      It sounds better when Wapro says it than when proreason says it:

      “This week’s confrontation between a senior Army general and the president of the United States may have signaled the beginning of the end of the war in Afghanistan. In a year or two, President Obama will be able to say that he gave the conflict his best shot, reshaping the strategy and even putting in charge his top guy, the general who led the surge in Iraq — but that things still didn’t work out. ”


      but they forgot to mention that Petraeus has also been grounded from any political activities past the 2012 election.

      So in the last few days we’ve seen all of the elements from the msm:

      1. It’s just political theatre: brilliant, Brilliant, BRIALLIANT, BRIALLINT!!!
      2. Petraeus taken out of commission
      3. Petraeus setup to take the hit for Afghanistan
      4. Distraction du jour

      But nobody yet has had the guts to suggest it was planned months in advance.

      And nobody has pointed out that the conservative media has reacted like pavlov’s dogs…..exactly as the criminals expected.

  15. Mithrandir says:

    FACTIONALISM!—as Stalin would say to any disagreement to his policies.

    ************Political Translation From Quote********************

    Obama said he did not make his decision based on any policy differences with McChrystal or “out of any sense of personal insult.”

    *In politicalese, the opposite is true 95% of the time, and it was ONLY because of insults against the chosen one that this happened.

    Mr. Thin-Skinned strikes again…

  16. PatriotOne says:

    ProReason ~~ there is always more to the story, any story, than is reported….. Mind-reading is not one of my talents, but I’d like to think that there’s far more to the story as reported by “Rolling Stone” than anyone will admit. The general is not a novice….. Perhaps his distrust of BHO and his “useful idiots” was so great that he wanted it known….. Perhaps he didn’t think he’d be fired….. Perhaps he knew he would ~~ and didn’t care! Perhaps he felt it necessary to “take one for the team,” the US military, to demonstrate his and many of his peers’ distrust/dislike of BHO….. Perhaps this is a warning-shot across the bow of BHO and the administration that the US military is wary of the direction being dictated from Washington, DC…..


    • proreason says:

      It’s the biggest masquerade since the 2008 election. Ask yourself who benefits:

      1. Obama now being compared to Truman
      2. Gulf Oil spill, amnesty, Health Care, Sestek, Blago, etc, etc., relegated to the back pages.
      3. Our brave young president has his Kennedyesque moment. Such decisiveness!!!
      4. Fall guy firmly in place for our defeat in Afghanistan.
      5. Petraeus not a threat in 2012 as President or Veep.

      Ask yourself how the man that dithered for 7 months about the strategy in Afghanistan was able to make such a critical, gut wrenching decision in about 36 hours.

      And ask yourself how a 4-star general could be so stupid.

      It’s a masterpiece of jujitsu. The cabal recognized the pavlov-dog tendencies of conservative America when it comes to the military, and has the country united behind this brave move!!! 99.8% of conservative pundits are applauding it.

      Including a fine person such as yourself, PatriotOne.

      It’s a f*ng sham.

  17. PatriotOne says:

    1. No rational person would ever compare BHO to HST…..
    2. These stories will quickly re-emerge ~ some already have…..
    3. BHO is no Kennedy, be it Joe, Jack, Bobby or Ted…..
    4. Petraeus will not be anyone’s “fall guy”…..
    5. Petraeus is, and will remain, a potential presidential/vice-presidential candidate….

    BHO, the faux president, did NOT dither for seven months about Afghanistan strategy ~~ he pointedly delayed his decision to stall the military buildup that he knew would be required when he gave Genera McChrystal just 75-percent of his requested troops…..

    General McChrystal is NOT stupid……

    I just checked ~~ I’m not salivating with pavolv-like tendencies….. As a former USAF officer I know the chain-of-command….. I am a conservative….. As much as I abhor BHO, his decision to fire the general was proper ~~ but I do not applaud it….. Today, BHO fired General McChrystal….. In November, 2012, I will vote to fire BHO….. And if enough enlightened Americans vote to fire him, he’ll be gone….. No resignation necessary…..

    No shame here, proreason…… Just distaste, dislike, distrust and disgust for BHO!!!

    • proreason says:

      The msm is all over the Truman comparisons. It’s the meme du jour.

      Petraeus is a fine man and a hero. He has probably given the Moron the benefit of the doubt. It’s the worst mistake he will ever make.

      Recent events bring McChrystal’s motivations into questions, but whatever he was trying to do, I’m willing to give a patriotic hero like himself the benefit of the doubt. But frankly, I think he was over his head in these shennigans. He and his staff of about 20 are focused 95% on winning a war and 5% on playing politics. The Cabal’s thousands of bureaucrats are focused 1000% per on the marxist takeover of this country, and McChrystal is equivalent to an ant to them.

      They have both been used for a political theatre.

      The next distraction should start tomorrow.

  18. Rusty Shackleford says:

    I agree with PatOne, that no sane, even-keeled American would compare the likes of BHO to Harry Truman.

    What I’m getting a sense of is “image-building” by the hippie-crats. Or, more accurately, “image damage-control” as the boy’s numbers have been steadily decreasing, no matter how much Rasmussin likes to try to taint the data.

    So, if you’re in the situation room and discussing how best to “restore” the boy’s image…it would have to be something that both conservatives and liberals alike would applaud, though for different reasons.

    To find a willing dupe in the form of Rolling Ston(ed) magazine probably wasn’t all that hard.

    But it may come out after some time that it was a ploy. In fact, how could it be anything else? That’s all the boy does is play-act, head-fake and lie. We may have even forgotten just how good at it he is.

    I completely understand that an allegedly insubordinate general stands the possibility of getting fired…no doubt because inside the military structure, it is not tolerated. But, like the opportunist that he is, to use the whole thing as a display to “show everybody” that the boy suddenly grew a pair, coupled with “whose ass to kick” has the media now painting him as “one tough ombre”

    Yup, now git out thar an’ rope up a calf, thar, pardner.

    It’s unreal. And I tend to agree with Pro that it was (at least, partially) scripted. It smacks of being too readily-at-hand. Like a prop in a poorly written movie where the car just happens to appear when everyone knows the killer is driving it. It’s all too perfect.

    I commend Pro for being able to see the possibility, and other S&L members as well. Not that you need any satisfaction from me, but it’s why I come here. I’ve been thinking most of the day, off and on about it and when I put it together, a general, who voted for the boy, who was the one chosen by the boy, who is now “caught” saying bad things about the boy (but really, he wasn’t), is now summarily executed in public and dismissed. But I heard it that he resigned. So the 20 minute meeting was basically the boy asking for his resignation and the general acquiesced without pressure. I’m sure there was a slobbering apology as well.

    But, back at McChrystal’s brain stem, survival instincts were probably telling him to just get out. This is the most dignified way of leaving and preserving the presidency…in fact, making it appear stronger when such a “boost” was needed.

    In the realm of military politics, it is every bit as ugly as its civilian counterpart. Petty jealousies and childish grudges are common. However, I laugh when I think of a seasoned veteran general being called “upstairs” by the boy. It has a certain je ne sais quoi about it. And it imparts a slight grin on my face.

    So, the boy gets to look strong. Wow. (not)

    And PatOne is right where the other issues are leaking back to the fore and cannot be ignored. The gulf, mainly, and the Blago crap will come back and so on. It’s all a moving target and the boy’s attempts at “freezing it” will be fruitless.

    I defer to the statement that “The truth inevitably comes out”

    We may all be dead and gone by the time it does…but it will come out. Some day.

  19. canary says:

    I had given McChyrstal the benefit of the doubt when he accepted the leadership, that his mission would be to fail. I sure as heck didn’t expect McChyrstal to go along with a plan to deceive our troops into getting killed by being slaving ducks to rebuild a corrupt country for a corrupt Afganistan President. It’s the Afgans that go around blowing up schools mosques, wells, and each other, and themselves.
    Who the heck can buy into all this president Karzai feels bad for civilians getting killed. He’s a corrupt tyrant. The radical muslims are going to kill the less radical muslims until they are finished.
    So, McChyrstal has gone along with this because he wanted a feather in his cap.
    If McChyrstal knew he was going to get fired, or wanted to quit, and do something to get fired, it should have been over his being sick of what’s happening to the men he swore to protect and lead.
    It’s not to late, but I don’t expect it from a man dumb enough to vote for an anti-American, pro-muslim marxist that went along with Obama’s humanitarian aid plan.
    Nice presidents, nice people, nice soldiers, nice living conditions, nice means nothing to the radicals of this religion. Bleep McChyrstal for his die for your country b.s. to our troops. Our troops are dying for Karzai’s country.

  20. canary says:

    If General Petraeus goes along with Obama’s latest ROE of our soldiers having to quit shooting once the muslim shooting at them lowers their weapon, or holding back from shooting some muslim that plants an IED (as in arresting and handing the digger over to Karzai to hand over for his brother’s employement) then shame on him too. Karzai is releasing them. Marja went back to the animals the minute our troops that lived through it left.

  21. BigOil says:

    When McChrystal refers to making an “error in judgement”, I wonder if he is actually referring to having voted for Barry. It is clear from the Stones article he came to the conclusion Barry wasn’t up to the task of CIC once he sat in front of the man. How anyone, let alone a 4 star general, couldn’t see Barry would be the biggest trainwreck in the history of this country, is baffling to me.

    I frankly would not trust the judgement of anyone that voted for this clown. With minimal research, it was as obvious as the nose on your face Barry has a disdain for our country, I would expect a general to draw that conclusion faster than I could.

  22. proreason says:

    Rush thinks Obamy will be Petraeus’ poodle now, and he seems to think Petraeus can win the war.

    I think he’s in his 1.4%, at least on the latter part.

    The odds of Petraeus actually winning it go up if the thing is still going on in 2013 when the kinglette is banished back to the dormitory.

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