General arrives for Obama meeting

June 23, 2010 12:00 am

, WASHINGTON, June 23, 2010 (AFP) – General Stanley McChrystal arrived on Wednesday at the White House to meet President Barack Obama and explain a damaging interview that could see the US commander in Afghanistan sacked.

The general earlier held a 30-minute meeting with Defence Secretary Robert Gates and top military officer Admiral Mike Mullen at the Pentagon, press secretary Geoff Morrell told reporters.

In Rolling Stone\’s profile, titled "The Runaway General," McChrystal aides mocked Vice President Joe Biden, dismissed Obama\’s national security adviser as "a clown," and revealed that the general was "disappointed" by his first meeting with Obama.

McChrystal himself is quoted as deriding US special envoy Richard Holbrooke, and as saying he felt "betrayed" by the US ambassador to Kabul Karl Eikenberry, who had raised pointed objections to his strategy.

Obama said Tuesday he wanted to first talk with McChrystal before deciding his fate, but US media reported that even before he arrived in Washington he had offered his resignation.

The Rolling Stone article brought to the surface lingering tensions between military leaders and the White House, just as the US deploys 30,000 more troops to the war prompted by the September 11 attacks in 2001.


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