Obama to Talk to McChrystal Before Making Decision

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he wants to hear directly from Gen. Stanley McChrystal before deciding whether to fire the Afghanistan war commander over a disparaging magazine story.

Speaking to reporters at the conclusion of a Cabinet meeting, Obama said McChrystal and his aides showed "poor judgment" in connection with the interview in Rolling Stone magazine. It was Obama's first comments on the matter which is Topic A in many Washington venues.

The president said he would meet with McChrystal at the White House Wednesday and that Defense Secretary Robert Gates would also be meeting separately with the general.

As reporters were being ushered out of the room, Obama stopped them to make more comments and try to put the focus on the troops. He said he wants everybody to keep focused on the most significant issue -- success in the war effort.


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