WASHINGTON--President Obama is hauling Gen. McChrystal to the White House for a face to face meeting to explain the comments--inflammatory at the least, insubordination at the worst--he made to Rolling Stone magazine in a story headlined, "The Runaway General."
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said he gave Obama a copy of the article on Monday night and he was angry about McChrystal's remarks about him and his Afghanistan policies. Gibbs made no assurances about McChrystal's future.
Just how, Gibbs was asked, did he know the usually even and cool Obama was "angry?"
Said Gibbs, "You would know it if you saw it."
From the briefing:
MR. GIBBS: We look forward to -- the president looks forward to speaking with him tomorrow about what's in that article.
We owe -- every member of this team, from the commanding general to anybody that works in this building, to anybody that works in the State Department or throughout the Pentagon -- we owe it to, as I said earlier, the men and women that are fighting there to implement the policy that each agree to.
Without a doubt, General 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 in the Pentagon and to the commander in chief.
Q Does the president still have confidence that General McChrystal can run this war?
MR. GIBBS: We should wait and see what the outcome of that meeting is.