President Obama: McChrystal's conduct "does not meet the standard that should be set by a commanding general"
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By Matthew Danzico, Washington
2030 Thanks for joining our live coverage of the General Stanley McChrystal controversy today. We've appreciated all your comments and insights along the way. As always, the BBC News website will continue to provide the latest news and analysis on this story as it develops.
2026 The BBC's David Willis in Washington Next week the Senate will be asked to approve General Petraeus' appointment as Stanley McChrystal's successor. Given his reputation that is expected to be a formality, whereupon he could be on the ground in Afghanistan in a matter of weeks. But this is a man likely to be cautious about timings, possibly including President Obama's commitment to bring troops home by this time next year. Giving evidence to Congress last week, the general said: "'In a perfect world Mr chairman we have to be very careful with timelines.'"
2014 Charles from Oklahoma City, OK writes: If some lieutenant or captain spoke to the press disparagingly of Gen McChrystal, that would be insubordination and a court marshal offence. The troops need to see that what applies to them also applies to their commanders. Obama did the right thing.
2010 A grim statistic to put today's events in context is that June looks set to be confirmed as the deadliest month for the Nato-led forces in Afghanistan since the war began in 2001. A total of 76 international service members have died this month - including 46 Americans.
1942 Bob from Suffolk, UK writes: An elected official of a government has no right to 'sack' a highly trained soldier from his given job. War and peace is given by good soldiering not tit for tat politics.
1937 The White House says President Obama has spoken to President Hamid Karzai, telling him a change in command does not change US policy in Afghanistan.
1920 Toby Harnden, Daily Telegraph The way Obama fired McChrystal was choreographed to humiliate the general and bolster the president's credentials as a macho man. So much for "no drama Obama". The manner of the firing came dangerously close to putting political theatre and image-burnishing above the conduct of a war.
1917 Sadiq Mehdi from Los Angeles, California writes: General McChrystal was correct to speak his mind if he saw appropriate. One should not get to such heights in the army if their opinion does not matter. Shame on you US army for letting your top general get treated this way. You all can lose life and limb for this administration but if you have an opinion, you are fired.
1915 Kori Schake, a former professor at the US Military Academy at West Point, tells MSNBC Gen McChrystal was "the centre of gravity of political relationships with President Karzai and other Afghan and regional leaders".
1909 Great metaphor from contributing analyst Ted Koppel on BBC World News America - comparing Mr Obama to a circus performer with a foot on two horses. Worth watching in full.
1902 Gert from the Bronx, New York tweets: I think what happened to General McChrystal is absolutely unfair and unacceptable. Focus on BP instead, Obamster.
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1856 Karen Freeman tweets: You ever hear the saying "loose lips sink ships", Gen McChrystal? Why would a decorated soldier compromise a mission?
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1837 The BBC's Paul Adams in Washington The president's appeal for unity within his national security team was telling: the rivalries and lack of trust between key members of the team, as well as their differing views on President Karzai, are fairly well known. Gen McChrystal was only part of that dysfunctional setup.
1835 High stakes gambling analogies abound in correspondent David Martin's report on the McChrystal affair for the CBS Evening News. This is not "double down", this is Mr Obama's "all in" moment, Martin says.
1817 Retired US Army four-star Gen Barry McCaffrey tells MSNBC that his main concern with the resignation of Gen McChrystal is "the time factor". He says that the war in Afghanistan is unpredictable, and that Gen McChrystal is "probably the best counterterrorism person we have produced in the war." Gen McCaffrey says it is unfortunate that Gen McChrystal "brought along this commando group of staffers" who "started talking badly about the chain of command".
1757 The BBC's Paul Adams in Washington By getting rid of his undiplomatic general, President Obama doubtless hopes to reassert his authority over the military and political strategy. But with a review of that strategy due in September, he may decide that other changes are needed too.
Obama's national security team on Afghanistan and Pakistan met, minus Gen McChrystal. His replacement, Gen Petraeus is seated far left.
1748 The White House has released information on President Obama's earlier phone call with British PM David Cameron (see 1529). Mr Cameron confirmed that UK Lt Gen Nick Parker will serve as the acting Commander of Nato's International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan until a replacement is approved. Gen Parker sent a message to the president saying the mission "would not miss a beat".
1711 The BBC's Steve Kingstone in Washington The interesting thing here is that President Obama actually picked up on one of the things that was clear from that Rolling Stone article - there have been divisions here in Washington between the military and the civilian side. And in the civilian side, there has been a lot of back biting and sniping between high profile figures behind the scenes.
1703 All the background noise so far suggests that General Petraeus will have a quick and easy confirmation hearing in the Senate, which must approve his nomination by the president (see 1642)
1655 The BBC's Kim Ghattas in Washington Obama had to choose between continuity in leadership of the war effort at a crucial time for Afghanistan and unity within a leadership that showed respect for him as commander in chief. By choosing Petraeus he probably managed to get both. Petraeus, the man who turned around Iraq, is in essence the one who devised the counterinsurgency strategy that McChrystal was implementing. As head of Centcom, he was also in charge of Afghanistan and has travelled there regularly. He's also in regular, close contact with Pakistan's top brass, a key to the regional strategy.
1649 John Price from Port Richey, Florida writes: Obama is too thin-skinned. He just can't handle the truth. McChrystal was frustrated over not being able to get the White House support. Obama reacted wrong, perhaps a beer together in the Rose Garden while they talked things over would have been more appropriate, then send Gen McChrystal back to work with a renewed mutual understanding of each other, and the war. Petraeus, while an excellent general, should be allowed to do what he was doing, which will be rather difficult from Afghanistan.
1633 Former CIA Covert Operations Officer Mike Baker tells CNN that President Obama "handled it the only way he could." Mr Obama could not overlook the statements made by General McChrystal, Baker says, but he question whether McChrystal's controversial comments are similar to what "the troops were saying on a regular basis".
1626 Erica from Burlingame, California writes: The Military Code is very clear about commissioned officers expressing contempt for the civilian chain of command - he is lucky he isn't facing a court martial. Our country is based on civilian control over the military, and for good reason. The individuals involved, Obama and McChrystal, are not important, the offices are.
1624 Terry Grundy from Cincinnati, USA writes: He was right to speak out if he realised it would result in his being sacked and was resigned to that fact. In the US system, the civil administration (wisely or foolishly) sets the policy with respect to peace or war and the military implements those policies. McChrystal knows this full well so one can only assume that he had a strategic reason for speaking out as he did and supposed that his impending fall would add gravitas to his words.
1620 Thirty six hours ago, General Stanley McChrystal was running America's war in Afghanistan. Now, after flying half way around the world to explain himself to Barack Obama - in a meeting that lasted less than half an hour - he's out of a job. What do you think of how events have played out? Did McChrystal deserve to go? What does it mean for Afghanistan? Send us your thoughts.
1618 Thank you, Finlo, now get some well-earned rest! We will be tracking the story of General McChrystal's resignation throughout the evening as events develop. Stay with us live on the site for minute-by-minute updates from Washington and around the world.
By Finlo Rohrer, Washington
1615 Reaction is still flooding in after the dramatic events of today, but it's time to hand over to my colleague Matthew Danzico who will continue to keep you abreast of the story as it develops.
1613 The former UK Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell is concerned by the news. "This is a serious blow to the credibility of the alliance and Nato's effort against the Taliban."
1604 Tricia May from Washington DC writes: I am sorry to see this happen. General McChrystal is accurate in his comments. We need more like him to bring a realistic view to the table. He has fought long and hard for our freedom. This is no way to treat a hero.
1556 Mark Hutcherson, Hutch Report People have long used the term "loose lips sink ships" when referring to members of the military. Now after President Obama accepted the resignation of General Stanley McChrystal as the commander of military forces in Afghanistan - we can now add "loose lips sink careers" as well.
1555 Former EU diplomat and Afghanistan expert Michael Semple tells the BBC that the Taliban will use the McChrystal affair to "try and portray an image of disarray".
1546 Drew Davey from Phoenix tweets: Kudos to the President for taking swift action with Gen. McChrystal. See, making decisions isn't so difficult. Now run the war the same way!
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1544 The BBC's Daud Qarizadah in Kabul The decision has sent a wave of shock to many Afghans here who didn't expect such a decision from Obama... General McChrystal is the only Nato or US commander that Afghans really know.. That is partly because of his efforts in reducing civilian casualties.
1543 The Afghan presidential spokesman Wahid Omar speaks of the respect for Gen Petraeus and the recognition that he is familiar with the situation in the country.
1537 The BBC's Matt Frei in Washington Mr Obama has been shrewd, very shrewd... to replace one general with perhaps the best general at his disposal is something which Obama's fiercest critics can't fault him on.
1529 Downing Street has also revealed that a British general - Lt Gen Nick Parker - will take over as acting commander of Isaf until Gen Petraeus is confirmed by Congress. Lt Gen Parker was the deputy commander of ISAF.
1528 A Downing Street spokesman has given the prime minister's reaction to McChrystal's departure and said he and the president had spoken on the phone. "The prime minister and the president again made clear that the UK and US governments remain absolutely committed to the strategy in Afghanistan. They agreed that General Petraeus was the right man to take command." The prime minister praised Gen McChrystal for his role in setting out the counterinsurgency strategy.
1523 Thomas Benjamin, University 5 Daily News General Stanley McChrystal is known as an honest man, saying always exactly what's on his mind. General Stanley McChrystal is a man who's perfect to fight for your country but he's not a very diplomatic man and this could be the reason why General Stanley McChrystal lost his reputation.
1522 There will be a special BBC programme on the implications of General McChrystal's departure on BBC World News TV and BBC World Service Radio at 1930 GMT - refresh this page to pick up a live stream of the video at that time.
1512 amymilll tweets: Top American general brought down through lack of disciplined self-control by bozos at Rolling Stone! Great feat guys!
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1505 Gen McChrystal's reaction to his departure has so far only been in the form of a brief statement. "This morning the president accepted my resignation as commander of US and Nato Coalition Forces in Afghanistan. I strongly support the president's strategy in Afghanistan and am deeply committed to our coalition forces, our partner nations, and the Afghan people. It was out of respect for this commitment - and a desire to see the mission succeed - that I tendered my resignation. It has been my privilege and honour to lead our nation's finest."
1500 Morgan Beggs in Charlotte, US, writes: Interesting, but smart, choice by President Obama in appointing a commander who is equal parts warrior, diplomat, and scholar, to replace McChrystal. However, I'm not too sure that General Petraeus will appreciate it, as it is technically a lateral demotion.
1450 joeynovick from Flemington, New Jersey, tweets: Obama made an error. He should have left McChrystal in place, and brought all the other troops home.
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1438 There is the odd pundit who is critical of the journalist Michael Hastings and Rolling Stone magazine for reporting off-the-cuff comments. TV journalist Geraldo Rivera, on Fox News, says: "This is a terrible thing that this reporter has done. A rat in an eagle's nest."
1430 Nato chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen has some kind words for the departing Gen McChrystal. "While he will no longer be the commander, the approach he helped put in place is the right one."
1429 The BBC's Nick Childs in London Gen Petraeus's nomination will be seen as a reassurance. As the overall head of US forces in the region, he's been intimately involved in overseeing the strategy. He knows all the key figures well already. Clearly, being able to take up the reins quickly was a key factor. All the other potential candidates for the job faced issues of one kind or another.
1418 House Armed Services Committee chairman Ike Skelton says Gen Petraeus is the "best that we have".
1415 The reaction is flooding in after Gen McChrystal's demise. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry backs the appointment of Gen Petraeus. "[The] decision to return General Petraeus to the battlefield provides not just continuity in philosophy, but tested diplomatic skill that is at the very center of a military strategy which hinges on progress in governance to sustain military gains."
1410 The BBC's Steve Kingstone in Washington President Obama was damned if he did, damned if he didn't. If he had kept McChrystal in post, he would have looked weakened and these wounds would have festered. In changing his military commander at this point the president is taking a risk, but it is one that he needed to take. He is not saying the strategy is changing in any way.
1408 The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza tweets: Would have been cool if Obama had concluded by saying: "Go US! How about that Donovan goal!"
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1405 Eagle-eyed news junkies may remember that it was Gen Petraeus who had a fainting spell last week in front of a Congressional committee. He blamed that on dehydration.
1400 One thing that the pundits are now discussing is that Gen Petraeus's change of job could be technically viewed as a demotion. It perhaps explains why Gen Petraeus was not floated by all of the pundits as a possible replacement earlier in the day.
1356 Cal Keune from Las Vegas, US writes: Being honest really doesn't pay. Goodbye to a good man.
1355 Wahid Omar, spokesman to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, tells the BBC: "General McChrystal was an important and trusted partner for the Afghan government and the Afghan people and we hoped this wouldn't happen. However, this is an internal matter for the US government and we respect the decision of President Obama. We wish General McChrystal well for the future. We are looking forward to working with General Petraeus, a very experienced soldier, whom President Karzai knows well."
1354 As the media troop off after the president's address, it seems the main theme was that this was a change of personnel, not of policy.
1352 The decision is a saddening one, says the president, as he respected and admired Gen McChrystal.
1351 "War is bigger than one man." A strong speech from Obama, stressing that this wasn't about policy or taking personal offence but about remarks that eroded trust inside the team, failed to live up to the standards necessary and, he emphasised three times, the civilian control of the military.
1349 The president is joined in the Rose Garden by Vice-President Joe Biden, Gen Petraeus and Adm Mike Mullen, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff.
1348 Mr Obama says: "I welcome debate among my team but I won't tolerate division."
1347 President Obama emphasises the importance of "strict adherence to the military chain of command" and civilian control of that chain.
1345 Mr Obama says: "The conduct represented in the recently published article does not meet the standard that should be set by a commanding general."
1343 President Obama announces his decision and emphasises it is not for policy reasons.
1341 An aide has come out into the Rose Garden and placed a book on the podium. One can only assume the president is about to come out.
1340 Mohsin Meer from Pakistan tweets: A general fired for stating the facts and the "war against terror" is shaping up to be a "war against truth".
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1339 Seth Meyers in New York tweets: As punishments go, you could do worse than "you're no longer in charge of winning the war in Afghanistan."
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1338 The White House must hope that Petraeus is a big enough figure and a big enough name to wipe out any criticism that an inspirational leader has been fired for what is essentially childish insolence and a bad PR moment. Mr Obama needn't worry about looking tough: having fired Gen McChrystal's predecessor, he has now sacked more top generals than any US president I can think of.
1329 The BBC's Kim Ghattas in Washington A senior administration official has confirmed that Stanley McChrystal has been relieved of his duties. Gen David Petraeus is very highly regarded and his appointment to the top job in Afghanistan will be very well received.
1326 Jamal Simmons, a political strategist for the Democrats, told BBC World Service: "The military should understand that there's civilian control. I spend a lot of time around people in the military, I honour people in the military, I think they do a phenomenal job. But once you start to allow the lines to get blurred in this way it gets a little bit tricky."
1324 It's confirmed. Gen David Petraeus is to replace Gen McChrystal.
1321 Various news channels are reporting that Gen McChrystal has been relieved of his command.
1303 Charles Logan Hand tweets: McChrystal might get fired, but I hope it's not for just questioning Obama. Hopeful the president doesn't fire him just for taking things personal.
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1300 The BBC's Mark Mardell in Washington This is an extremely tricky decision for the president - the general's fault is loose-lipped insolence, not a major disagreement over policy. He has the support of Afghan's President Hamid Karzai, and changing the man in charge on the ground at a critical point may undermine the war effort. But if he leaves the general in place he will be accused by some of being weak and being a commander-in-chief who is unable to stand up to a military man who has so clearly stepped out of line. He will also have to sort out what lies behind Gen McChrystal's contempt for the other major players.
1259 Isabelle Lasserre, the defence correspondent at Le Figaro (who has just come back from Afghanistan), told BBC World Service that the French military there were a "little shocked" by what Gen McChrystal was quoted as saying in Rolling Stone. "They think that the strategy he has implemented in Afghanistan is the only strategy that can work, so they are very disappointed with these stories."
1250 It seems that President Obama will speak in the Rose Garden of the White House at 1330.
1234 Richard Pipes from Cambridge, US writes: My hunch is that President Obama will keep the general in his post to show that he cares more about the war in Afghanistan than his own ego.
1231 On BBC News, Bruce Riedel, chairman of the committee that reviewed Afghanistan policy for Barack Obama, believes Gen McChrystal has been "severely wounded whether he survives or not". He adds: "The president is giving a rather strict lecture... The era of going to the media with dirty laundry has got to end."
1227 The BBC's Kim Ghattas in Washington No doubt it was a tough meeting, that private meeting that took place just about two hours ago. Now there's another meeting under way at the White House. It's unclear whether Gen McChrystal is taking part in that meeting in the Situation Room, or not.
1218 Speaking on Fox News, Senator Joe Lieberman, a member of the Armed Services Committee, said Gen McChrystal was guilty of "an error of judgement, a negligence".
1215 The national security meeting has been going on for some time already. Nobody has spotted the general going back into the White House. There must be a warren of secret entrances so we mustn't jump the gun. He could be in there participating happily after being confirmed in post. But if I was a betting man...
1210 Wonkette Will the head be squeezed clean off??? If George Washington was still commander in chief, Stanley McChrystal would be swinging from the gallows today. But no, we've got Barack Obama, who has to have scheduled meetings with everybody, while John Adams seethes in the hallway.
1207 It's still not clear whether Gen McChrystal is at the strategy meeting or not.
1157 Deborah from Pacific Northwest, US tweets: Here's the thing with McChrystal: his concerns may be valid - and I think they are - but the military operates under certain hierarchies.
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1152 If the schedule has been stuck to, the strategy meeting is well underway. There's no word so far about Gen McChrystal's fate. But the news networks have still been speculating about who might replace him. The names bandied about so far include Marine Gen James Mattis, recently passed over for command of the Marine Corps, Gen John Allen, Lt Gen David Rodriguez, currently McChrystal's deputy, Gen Martin Dempsey and Adm James Stavridis.
1145 Fabrice Pothier from Brussels emails: It's clearly a blunder; it makes McChrystal a lameduck general. But he can recover. However, the real blow is in the negative message - internal feud, lack of unity of purpose, military-civilian split - the article sends to the Afghan people and the Taliban.
1142 Kirti Prabhu from San Jose, US writes: In a war situation, how come the general even decided to grant an interview to anyone? This isn't the time and place to make wisecracks against his own president and the team.
1141 CBS's Mark Knoller tweets from the White House: No sign yet of Gen McChrystal returning for 1135a Afghanistan review session at the WH. That might suggest what happened.
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1130 Trevor Tremaine from Montreal, Canada writes: To the people who are trying to excuse the general under the "truth hurts" argument - the truth is he was insubordinate, the truth is he didn't use the proper channels to communicate his concerns.
1133 Hillary Clinton arrives for the strategy meeting.
1128 It's not yet clear if President Obama will speak before or after the Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy meeting.
1120 Brian from Florida, US writes: I believe General McChrystal is the right man for the job. His remarks were a mistake, but sometimes the truth hurts.
1116 Foreign secretary William Hague tells the BBC: "These controversies will come and go, in any military campaign. The important thing is the soundness of the campaign and there is an enormous amount of good work going on among all the Isaf forces, working with the Afghan national forces and, of course, whatever happens, that has to continue. That is the most important thing."
1105 Gen David Petraeus, head of US Central Command, has arrived at the White House for the 1135 strategy meeting.
1059 The media are still waiting in case Gen McChrystal returns for the 1135 Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy meeting. The "camera position" looks over some parked cars, metal fencing and the orange mesh that is used to block off building work. Nothing much is happening at the moment.
1055 Hekmat Karzai, Hamid Karzai's nephew, tells BBC World Service's Newshour: "I don't think it was of the great judgements on the part of General McChrystal and his staff, but you also have to understand, I think the comments that were made were completely in an informal setting and sometimes the military says things in a different environment and that's the military culture. We have to take it for that. The wise decision really at this stage would be for the Obama administration to swallow this really bitter pill and at the same time carry on because I think the alternative is really not something we can afford."
1045 Abdelaziiz Mohammed from Somalia writes: I think General McChrystal was not right to make such comments against the US president, and this really undermines his trust with the president and I strongly feel that it will also undermine the whole operation.
1045 Stephen Hayes, The Weekly Standard The Rolling Stone article has done irreparable damage. The first of McChrystal's qualifications - that he is a strong leader - has been compromised. Even if one agrees with many of the assessments McChrystal and his staff offered about the Obama administration's national security team, the way those critiques came to light is unacceptable. And this kind of public mocking of senior civilian officials sends an unmistakable message to the troops under McChrystal that the civilian leadership is not respected.
1034 The BBC's Adi Raval in Washington No update yet on whether or not the president will speak, or when that would be.
1033 The BBC's Mark Mardell in Washington The president's meeting with McChrystal has finished after just half an hour and the general has been seen leaving the White House. Does this mean he won't be attending the next meeting? Still, that isn't for another hour. Perhaps he's just nipped out for a coffee.
1028 CNN is reporting that McChrystal has left the White House, that his meeting lasted less than 20 minutes and, read into this what you will, that he will not attend the 1135 Afghanistan meeting.
1025 Gen McChrystal's meeting has already finished at the White House. The meeting must have lasted about half an hour.
1015 Jason Hawes from Rhode Island, US tweets: In reference to McChrystal, I'm glad someone in authority had courage to speak out. Citizens deserve the truth.
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1011 CNN is completing the retired general circle with Russel Honore. He says: "Stan McChrystal is the brains behind this plan... In my heart I hope he gets to stay on for a while.
1009 The meeting apparently started at 0951 so the general has been being grilled for 18 minutes already.
0957 Eliot A Cohen, The Wall Street Journal
President Obama should, nonetheless, fire him. Gen McChrystal's just-published interview in Rolling Stone magazine is an appalling violation of norms of civilian-military relations... The quotes from Gen McChrystal's underlings bespeak a staff so clueless, swaggering and out of control that a wholesale purge looks to be indicated.
0947 CBS's Mark Knoller tweets from the White House: McChrystal, in uniform, smiled at the greeter, and was only in sight of cameras for a few seconds.
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0946 Fox has rustled up another retired general to add his two cents' worth. Maj Gen Tim Haake says McChrystal is the "consummate" soldier and a "driven human being", but he predicts: "If I had to put money on it he is probably going to go."
0940The BBC's Lyse Doucet in London Of course there are lots of other generals but it is a very difficult time in the campaign. An arrogance did creep in. They felt they were the ones calling the shots. Maybe it was the pressures of that job that led them to let off steam when they were stuck in Paris. He has offered his resignation, and that was the honourable thing to do.
0939 Gen McChrystal arrives at the White House.
0928 CNN reports Gen McChrystal is on his way to the Oval Office to meet the president.
0925 MSNBC has retired Gen Barry McCaffrey on. "What you have here is incredible bad judgement to let a reporter get inside the bubble," he says. And it is "slightly shocking" that a general would tolerate the kind of talk that was portrayed in the article. He says the signs might be that the president will keep McChrystal, as the general is scheduled to be at a subsequent meeting.
0922 Fox News has Adam Smith, a Democratic representative from the House Armed Services committee. He says there is a need to "deal with it and move forward".
0920 Referring to an item in the Rolling Stone piece, ABC's Jake Tapper tweets: McChrystal eats one meal a day. Today's special: crow.
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0917 MSNBC and Fox News both seem to think that Gen McChrystal will meet President Obama at 0945.
0916 Michael Tomasky, The Guardian I think now, everyone expects that Obama is going to let the general stay on. So for that reason if no other one, he ought to can his ass and signal to Washington and the country that he's not as predictable as everyone thought. That would, at this point, trump everything else and establish a principle of its own that might pay dividends in other realms down the road.
0914 Jake Tapper, Political Punch, ABCnews.com During his round of phone calls to top officials of the Obama administration whom he and his team disparaged to a Rolling Stone reporter, Gen Stanley McChrystal said, "I've compromised the mission," a senior administration source tells ABC News.
0911 The American news networks are awash with speculation as to whether Gen McChrystal will be fired or will hold on to his job after a stern telling off. Fox News has had US Apprentice supremo and property mogul Donald Trump on. He says he would tell Gen McChrystal: "You're fired." It's a chain of command issue, the Donald says.
0908 The general is widely reported to be at the Pentagon. CNN's Barbara Starr says he met Defence Secretary Robert Gates at 0830.
0902 The BBC's Steve Kingstone in Washington White House officials have pointedly chosen not to defend or even play down the general's disparaging remarks about senior figures within the administration. And they've made it clear all options are on the table, but with critical battles looming, it would be a huge move to fire a commander who - to all intents and purposes - designed the president's military strategy in Afghanistan. Stanley McChrystal also commands huge respect in Kabul. A spokesman for President Karzai has called him "the best commander the US has sent to Afghanistan over the last nine years."
0900 Welcome to our live coverage of a crucial day for Gen Stanley McChrystal, the US commander in Afghanistan. His controversial comments in a magazine profile have led to him being called back to Washington DC for a dressing down. We'll be updating this page with up-to-the-minute news, analysis from our correspondents, some of your emails, and rounding up the best blog posts and tweets.
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