McChrystal likely to resign over critical remarks

08:33, June 24, 2010      

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The U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan U.S. General Stanley McChrystal wears earplugs as he leaves by helicopter after a meeting between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and tribal leaders in Kandahar city June 13, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters, File Photo)

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, is unlikely to survive the fallout from remarks he made about senior Obama administration officials, CNN reported Wednesday.

McChrystal will likely resign Wednesday, CNN quoted a senior administration official as saying, adding that it ultimately depended on a meeting scheduled Wednesday between the general and President Barack Obama.

The White House had asked the Pentagon to prepare a list of possible replacements for McChrystal because Obama wanted to be ready if he decides to fire him, the official said on condition of anonymity.

In the article entitled "The Runaway General," McChrystal said he felt betrayed by U.S. ambassador to Kabul Karl Eikenberry. His aides also mocked Vice President Joe Biden and said McChrystal was "disappointed" in President Obama.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Tuesday Obama was "angry" after reading the profile, due out on Friday in Rolling Stone magazine, and the President was considering all options including firing him.

McChrystal has returned to Washington, and is due to meet Defense Secretary Robert Gates Wednesday morning before meeting Obama in the Oval Office. After that, he will attend the monthly White House meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan, in which he had previously participated by video teleconference.

Source: Xinhua


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