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
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
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.