President Obama called his top commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, to Washington after Rolling Stone published contemptuous comments made by the general and his staff regarding members of the Obama administration.
The article presents McChrystal and his aides discussing Vice President Joe Biden, Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, special envoy to Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke, and an unidentified French minister in a derisive manner.
A senior administration official noted that Obama was infuriated by the article, especially the suggestion that he was unprepared to handle the war in Afghanistan following his inauguration. However, the article does not mention any significant policy disagreements between McChrystal and the administration.
McChrystal apologized for his remarks in a statement, emphasizing his respect and admiration for Obama, his administration, and the civilian leaders and troops fighting the war in Afghanistan.
He will travel to Washington on Tuesday to explain his comments to the Pentagon and Obama administration.