Published: Jun 22, 2010 12:59 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 22, 2010 9:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) - The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan has been

summoned to Washington to explain his controversial comments about

colleagues in a recent interview, an Obama administration official

said Tuesday.

The official says Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who has since issued

an apology for his comments, has been directed to attend the

monthly White House meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan in person

Wednesday rather than over a secure video teleconference, so he can

discuss his comments with President Barack Obama and top Pentagon


An article in this week's Rolling Stone magazine depicts

McChrystal as a lone wolf on the outs with many important figures

in the Obama administration and unable to persuade even some of his

own soldiers that his strategy can win the war.

The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the

general's schedule.

In the interview, McChrystal is described by an aide as

"disappointed" in his first Oval Office meeting with President

Barack Obama. The article says that although McChrystal voted for

Obama, the two failed to connect from the start. Obama called

McChrystal on the carpet last fall for speaking too bluntly about

his desire for more troops.

"I found that time painful," McChrystal said in the article,

on newsstands Friday. "I was selling an unsellable position."

In Kabul on Tuesday, McChrystal issued a statement saying: "I

extend my sincerest apology for this profile. It was a mistake

reflecting poor judgment and should never have happened."

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen talked

with McChrystal about the article Monday night, Capt. John Kirby,

Mullen's spokesman said Tuesday.

In a 10-minute conversation, the chairman "expressed his deep

disappointment in the piece and the comments" in it, Kirby said.