June 22, 2010— -- The top general in the Afghanistan War, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, is in for a long flight to Washington D.C. today, after President Obama recalled McChrystal back to the White House to answer questions about a just published magazine article.
"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."
The Rolling Stone magazine story, entitled "The Runaway General," characterizes McChrystal as an outsider who doesn't get along with many in the Obama administration.
The story quotes one top McChrystal adviser referring to Vice President Joe Biden as "Bite Me." Another aide speaks of McChrystal's dissapointment with Obama after their first meeting.
McChrystal himself was interviewed several times for the article and speaks candidly about his relationships with other top level officials, including feeling betrayed by the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Gen. Karl Eikenberry, after an unflattering cable Eikenberry had written about Afghan President Hamid Karzai was leaked.
McChrystal's apology was not enough for the White House, which has told the general that he must appear in person tomorrow for a previously scheduled monthly meeting on policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan. McChrystal usually attends via teleconference.
So, our question to you today: Did General McChrystal Go Too Far in Rolling Stone Interview?