McChrystal offers to resign; Obama has final say

Posted by Elizabeth Stewart - email

(WFLX) - The top US commander in Afghanistan has offered to resign. Now, it's up to the Commander in Chief to decide whether or not he'll accept it.

"I think it's clear that the article he and his team appeared in showed poor judgement but I also want to make sure I talk to him directly before I make any decisions."

President Obama summoned General Stanley McChrystal back to Washington to discuss face-to-face controversial comments he made to Rolling Stone Magazine. The President saw the article Monday night.

The lengthy profile paints General McChrystal as highly critical of the Obama Adminstration. He takes shots at a number of top officials including Vice President Biden and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry. Tuesday, McChrystal apologized for his "poor judgment" and he has personally called many of those mentioned in the article.

"This is not the first time General McChrystal has been in hot water with the President. But whether this latest incident costs the General his job could depend largely on what happens here at the White House on Wednesday."

McChrystal has been called to appear in person for the monthly meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan, where he will have to face a number of those he openly criticized. He will also meet privately with President Obama where White House officials say the General will have his Commander in Chief's undivided attention.

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