The White House says the US commander in Afghanistan angered President Obama with his comments critical of the administration. The magazine Rolling Stone is due to publish General Stanley McChrystal’s remarks.
He is quoted as saying he felt betrayed by the US ambassador to Kabul over troop requests, and was disappointed with his first meeting with the President last year.
The general has apologised, but the White House has still summoned him to explain.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said:
“Without a doubt General McChrystal, as the Defense secretary (Robert) Gates said, has made an enormous mistake. The purpose to call him here was to see what in the world he was thinking”.
Barack Obama will see General McChrystal on his return from Kabul. It is not clear whether the commander will keep his job. His assistant who facilitated the journalist’s access has resigned.
The general his aides are shown to be critical and scornful of the President’s advisers and Vice-President Joe Biden.
The article portrays a split between the US military and Obama’s team at a sensitive time for the Pentagon. It has been defending itself against criticism of its strategy in Afghanistan.
After his appointment last year, General McChrystal
engaged in a detailed review with the president which resulted in an extra 30,000 troops.