White House Rebukes McChrystal over Remarks

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The White House has summoned Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, to explain the derogatory remarks he made about the administration in a recent Rolling Stone interview.

In the article entitled "The Runaway General," McChrystal and his staff took several potshots at the White House, portraying President Obama as out of his league as Commander in Chief. 

In response, President Obama rebuked the general Tuesday, saying McChrystal showed "poor judgment" in the interview but would not say whether he would be fired.   

However, two military officials indicated McChrystal is prepared to submit his resignation when he meets with Obama Wednesday at the White House, The Associated Press reported late Tuesday.  

What does McChrystal's future look like? Check out CBN News Correspondent Chuck Holton's insight on his latest Boots on the Ground blog. 

Also, click play for more reaction with Jonathan Schanzer, vice president of research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, following Dale Hurd's report.

"I found that time painful," McChrystal said in the article about his first meeting with what he felt was an unprepared president. "I was selling an unsellable position."

In the article, Vice President Joe Biden's counter-insurgency strategy is also dismissed as as "shortsighted" and National Security Advisor Jim Jones is described by a McChrystal aide as a "clown" who is "stuck in 1985."

The interview -- which will be available on news stands Friday -- also contains jabs at Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry, and others.

In a statement issued early Tuesday from Kabul, McChrystal apologized for his remarks, saying he used "poor judgment."

Defense Secretary Robert Gates also said McChrystal made "a significant mistake."

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the article made the president angry, but no decision will be made on firing the general until they meet Wednesday.

"Gen. McChrystal, as Secretary Gates has said, has made an enormous mistake. A mistake that he'll get a chance to talk about and answer to tomorrow to both officials at the Pentagon and the commander in chief."

Some fear firing McChrystal would plunge the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan into chaos. The general has built significant trust with both Afghan and Pakistani officials.

Tuesday, Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman John Kerry voiced his support for keeping McChrystal.

"I have enormous respect for Gen. McChrystal. I think he's a terrific soldier," he said. "This is a critical moment in Afghanistan and as far as I am concerned, personally, the top priority is our mission in Afghanistan and our ability to proceed forward."

CBN News reporter and former Army Ranger Chuck Holton agrees that few commanders are more capable than McChrystal.

"Gen. McChrystal was my first company commander in the Army Rangers," Holton said. "He is a very forthright... honorable man."

In Kabul, President Hamid Karzai issued a statement calling McChrystal the "best commander" of the war and said he hopes the general is not replaced.

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