The commander of allied forces in Afghanistan is facing the sack over a controversial interview in which he and his aides mock the US presidential team.
General Stanley McChrystal has been summoned to Washington to explain his disparaging remarks to Rolling Stone magazine.
McChrystal himself makes belittling remarks about Vice President Joe Biden and the U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke.
His aides are quoted as calling one top Obama official a “clown” and another a “wounded
McChrystal has apologised for what he calls an “enormous mistake” and is expected to offer his resignation.
Barack Obama says he will decide what to do based on Afghanistan’s best interests.
“I think it’s clear that the article in which he and his team appeared showed poor judgement,” Obama told reporters after a cabinet meeting on Tuesday.
While support for McChrystal may be at rock bottom in Washington, Afghan leaders have given him their full backing as a positive force in the fight against the Taliban.
A spokesman for Afghanistan’s Defence Ministry said: “General McChrystal has a very good working strategy and the Afghan people support him and his plans.”
As the architect of Obama’s war strategy, McChrystal departure would only add to already growing uncertainty about a war which many in Washington, after nine years, feel is now unwinnable.