Obama: Gen. Stanley McChrystal Showed 'Poor Judgment' in Rolling Stone Story

"If this results in his departure -- which we hope it will not -- obviously it is an internal United States government issue, but it will have lots of implications here in Afghanistan. The president will be very sad about it," Karzai's spokesman Waheed Omer told ABC News. "The president trusts Gen. McChrystal. He's been working very closely with the Afghan government, and he has won that trust."

Omer said Karzai discussed the issue with Obama in their pre-planned video conference, and "did express his confidence in Gen. McChrystal."

Political Fallout from McChrystal's Comments

McChrystal's comments have been met with heavy criticism from both sides of the political aisle.

Rep. Dave Obey, D-Wisc., chairman of the House appropriations committee that overseas defense spending, called for McChrystal's removal, saying in a statement that while "anybody, including a U.S. Army general, is entitled to making a damn fool of themselves once," McChrystal "hasn't appeared to learn from his mistakes."

"His repeated contempt for the civilian chain of command demonstrates a bull headed refusal to take other people's judgments into consideration," Obey said. "That is damn dangerous in somebody whose decisions determine life and death for American troops and others in the region."

But outside of Obey, most lawmakers were subdued in their calls for resignation.

The general's comments were "inappropriate and inconsistent with the traditional relationship between Commander-in-Chief and the military," Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said in a statement, adding that the decision concerning his future should be made by Obama.

Administration officials also skirted away from discussing McChrystal's future job prospects, but did condemn his comments.

"I believe that Gen. McChrystal made a significant mistake and exercised poor judgment in this case. We are fighting a war against al Qaeda and its extremist allies, who directly threaten the United States, Afghanistan, and our friends and allies around the world. Going forward, we must pursue this mission with a unity of purpose," Gates said in a statement today, adding that McChrystal apologized to him.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen talked to McChrystal about the article Monday night. In a 10-minute conversation, the chairman "expressed his deep disappointment in the piece and the comments" in it, said Capt. John Kirby, Mullen's spokesman.

Vice President Joe Biden -- who one McChrystal adviser referred to as "Bite Me" -- did not comment, except to say he will have "plenty of time to talk about Afghanistan."

McChrystal Apologizes for Comments

After news of the comments stunned the political and military circles from D.C. to Afghanistan, McChrystal quickly issued an apology for his "bad judgment."

"I extend my sincerest apology for this profile. It was a mistake reflecting poor judgment and should never have happened," McChrystal said in a statement. "Throughout my career, I have lived by the principles of personal honor and professional integrity. What is reflected in this article falls far short of that standard."

McChrystal has been reportedly calling nearly every figure mentioned in the article to apologize, including NATO allies, to apologize personally for his comments.

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