White House Questions McChrystal’s Judgment, Maturity

Jun 22, 2010 1:23pm

Gen. Stanley McChrystal may eat only one meal a day, but he better be ready for a big helping of crow tomorrow when he comes to the White House Situation Room.


“The purpose of calling him here is to see what in the world he was thinking,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said at today’s briefing, referring to the Rolling Stone story featuring the general and his aides bashing President Obama, Vice President Biden and others.

The president was “angry,” after he read the Rolling Stone story, Gibbs said, calling the story “an enormous mistake in judgment.”

“The magnitude and graveness of this mistake are profound,” Gibbs said.


Asked about a passage in the story where a McChrystal aide describes the general as having been “pretty disappointed” after his first meeting with President Obama because the president “didn’t seem very engaged,” Gibbs said McChrystal will “have his attention tomorrow.”


Gibbs just said parents of the more than 90,000 US troops in Afghaniatan need to be confident that the command structure — meaning McChrystal — is “capable and mature enough” for this mission.


Could McChrystal be fired?


“All options are on the table,” Gibbs said, though the president believes the general should be given a chance to explain himself. Gibbs declined to say whether the general’s job is safe, saying the public would know more after the meeting.

What is the president angriest about?


“We’re distracting from an enormously important mission,” Gibbs said.


- Jake Tapper

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