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WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama said late Tuesday that he was
interested in hearing directly from Gen. Stanley McChrystal before
deciding whether to fire the Afghanistan war commander over a
disparaging magazine story that has enraged White House officials and
threatened to undermine the administration.
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Obama said McChrystal and his aides showed "poor judgment."
In his first comments on the matter, Obama said Tuesday that he would meet with McChrystal at the White House on Wednesday. He said Defense Secretary Robert Gates will be meeting with the commander.'The central focus is success in containing al-Qaida'
"I think it's clear that the article in which he and his team appeared showed a poor — showed poor judgment," the president said, surrounded by members of his Cabinet at the close of their meeting. "But I also want to make sure that I talk to him directly before I make any final decisions."
As the media were being ushered out quickly by press aides, Obama
stopped them to make more comments and try to put the focus on the
"I want everybody to keep in mind what our central focus is, and that is
success in making sure that al-Qaida and its affiliates cannot attack
the United States and its allies," Obama said.
"And we've got young men and women there who are making enormous
sacrifices; families back home who are making enormous sacrifices," he