Here are the latest developments involving Gen. Stanley McChrystal, America’s top commander in Afghanistan. He and his staff made comments in a Rolling Stone article that appear to mock top civilian officials, including Vice President Joe Biden. The story, which is to appear in Friday’s edition, was written by Michael Hastings.
[Updated at 5:35 p.m.]
Update: Clarification from Joe Klein: Gen. McChrystal as “offered to resign” he has NOT submitted his resignation.
@Politisite: POTUS wants to talk to him Wed. before he makes decision
[Updated at 4:41 p.m.] Gen. Stanley McChrystal has submitted his resignation, Time magazine’s Joe Klein told CNN, citing an unnamed source. CNN is working to confirm Klein’s information.
[Updated at 3:30 p.m.] Gen. Stanley McChrystal and his staff “became aware” that the Rolling Stone story would be controversial before it was published, story author Michael Hastings told CNN Tuesday.
I “got word from (McChrystal’s) staff … that there was some concern” about possible fallout from the story, Hastings
Hastings noted that there was “a lot” of material from the interviews with McChrystal that he didn’t use in the article.
[Updated at 1:41 p.m.] Waheed Omar, spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai, said U.S. Gen. Stanley McChrystal is the best commander for the war in Afghanistan and hopes Obama does not replace him. Karzai and his team believe McChrystal is a man of strong integrity who has a strong understanding of the Afghan people and their culture, Omar said.
[Updated at 1:25 p.m.] President Barack Obama was “angry” after seeing the upcoming controversial magazine article about Gen. Stanley McChrystal, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday.
“I gave him the article last night,” Gibbs said at the daily White House news briefing. “He was angry.”
Earlier, Gibbs described the “magnitude and graveness” of mistakes by McChrystal in the article as “profound.”