WASHINGTON D.C. – One U.S. general finds himself in hot water after a controversial interview!
General Stanley McChrystal apparently threw caution to the wind in his recent profile in Rolling Stone. Probably lost in the moment, McChrystal thought it would be a good idea to speak less than highly of the Obama administration. Now he find himself in Washington ready to personally explain his criticism of the president and his senior advisers.
“McChrystal has been directed to attend Wednesday’s monthly meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan in person” rather than appear in a secure satellite teleconference “to explain to the Pentagon and the commander in chief his quotes in the piece about his colleagues,” a White House official told AFP.
McChrystal is the U.S. commander in Afghanistan and joked sarcastically in the Rolling Stone about Vice President Joe Biden for his skepticism of the commander’s war strategy, and imagined ways of “dismissing the vice president with a good one-liner.”
McChrystal also told the magazine that he felt “betrayed” by the U.S. ambassador to Kabul, Karl Eikenberry, in a White House debate over war strategy last year. Additionally, an anonymous McChrystal adviser said in the article that the general came away unimpressed after meeting with Obama in the Oval Office last year.
“Obama clearly didn’t know anything about him, who he was … he didn’t seem very engaged,” the adviser said.
McChrystal issued a statement late Monday apologizing for his remarks to the magazine.
“I extend my sincerest apology for this profile,” McChrystal said in a statement issued hours after the article entitled “The Runaway General” was released Monday.
“It was a mistake reflecting poor judgement and should never have happened,” he added.