U.S. President Barack Obama says he wants to meet with Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, before any decision is made regarding his fate after the general openly criticized the U.S. administration in a magazine article.
"I think it's clear that the article in which [McChrystal] and his team appeared â€¦ showed poor judgment," Obama said on Tuesday at the close of a cabinet meeting in Washington, D.C.
"But I also want to make sure that I talk to him directly before I make any final decisions."
The face to face meeting with McChrystal is set for Wednesday.
An article in this week's issue of Rolling Stone, headlined "The Runaway General," depicts McChrystal as a lone wolf, on the outs with many important figures in the Obama administration and unable to convince even some of his own soldiers that his strategy can win the war.
He apologized Tuesday for an interview in which he said, among other things, that he felt betrayed by the man the White House chose to be his diplomatic partner, the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Karl Eikenberry.
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