Gen. Stanley McChrystal's controversial comments in a Rolling Stone article have generated plenty of comments.
The general, who is the commander in charge of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, is making the long trip back to Washington, D.C., to meet with President Barack Obama Wednesday -- a meeting some believe could result in the McChrystal's resignation.
Below is a roundup of what politicians, diplomats and journalists are saying right now:
- President Barack Obama
“"I think it's clear that the article in which he and his team appeared showed a poor — showed poor judgment. But I also want to make sure that I talk to him directly before I make any final decisions."
- Defense Secretary Robert Gates
“I read with concern the profile piece on Gen. Stanley McChrystal in the upcoming edition of ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine. I believe that Gen. McChrystal made a significant mistake and exercised poor judgment in this case…. Going forward, we must pursue this mission with a unity of purpose.”
- Robert Gibbs, White House spokesman
"Without a doubt General McChrystal, as Secretary Gates has said, has made an enormous mistake -- a mistake that he'll get a chance to talk about and answer to tomorrow."
"All options are on the table," Gibbs added, when asked whether Obama was considering removing the McChrystal from his position.
- Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)
“We have the highest respect for General McChrystal and honor his brave service and sacrifice to our nation. General McChrystal’s comments, as reported in Rolling Stone, are inappropriate and inconsistent with the traditional relationship between Commander-in-Chief and the military.”
- Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
“It would be a grave mistake to allow this unfolding news drama to distract anyone from the mission at hand…. Everyone needs to take a deep breath and give the President and his national security team the space to decide what is in the best interest of our mission, and to have their face-to-face discussion tomorrow without a premature Washington feeding frenzy.”
- Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), Chairman, Senate Committee on Armed Services
“I’m very troubled by his comments. It’s interesting there doesn’t seem to be a disagreement on policy issues between McChrystal and the civilian leadership as much as there are personality issues which could interfere with the policy... that is important because if there were policy differences then it seems to me there would be no alternative but for him to leave, but there are no policy issues differences that are at least apparent in that article.” Video: Rolling Stone reaction
- Spokesman for Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai
"The president strongly supports General McChrystal and his strategy in Afghanistan and believes he is the best commander the United States has sent to Afghanistan over the last nine years.”
- Eric Bates, Rolling Stone Executive Editor, on MSNBC’s 'Morning Joe'
“We ran everything by them in the fact-checking process as we always do. They had a sense of what was coming and it was all on the record and they spent a lot of time with our reporter, so I think they knew that they had said it.”
- David Obey (D-Wis.), Chairman, House Appropriations Committee
"If [Gen. Stanley McChrystal] actually said half of what is being reported, he shouldn't be in the position he is in."
- Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Republican Whip
“Obviously a general and his top brass don't make these kind of statements without being frustrated. So I hope that the president’s meeting with the general will include a frank discussion about what is happening on the ground and whether the resources and the plan are there to defeat terrorists and accomplish our mission in Afghanistan.”
- Christopher Preble, Director of Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute
"If Republicans claim President Obama is undercutting General McChrystal, the leader on the ground, no one should take these remarks seriously. They should be reminded of a similar situation in 2006, when generals voiced opinions that dissented from the White House, and some GOP leaders dismissed their comments an act of insubordination of Commander-in-Chief George W. Bush."
- P.J. Crowley, Spokesman, State Department
“I think all members of the national security team feel that General McChrystal has made a significant mistake.”
- Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Senate Majority Leader
On whether or not McChrystal should resign:
"That's a decision for the President to make. We all recognize that. It's very important for the Commander in Chief to have confidence in his main line troops, especially someone who is charge of the war in Afghanistan, that the Administration's policy will be implemented. It's clear there's a policy, it's a question of whether the Commander in Chief feels comfortable implementing that policy."
- Ret. U.S. Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey, on MSNBC’s ‘Andrea Mitchell Reports’
“I think McChrystal should go. He’s a superb warrior. He’s been out there nine years in combat…. But he’ll probably have to come off stage now. He’s at odds with the ambassador. Holbrooke, remember, he got into Marjah yesterday and was greeted with a wave of gun fire and a suicide bomber. So, we got problems. This has done political damage to the president of the United States.”
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