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Gen. Stanley McChrystal has been relieved of his position as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, according to a top national security source.
Washington (CNN) -- President Barack Obama will make a statement at 1:30 p.m. ET, the White House said. That's only a few hours after speaking with embattled Gen. Stanley McChrystal in a meeting that may have decided whether McChrystal keeps his job as the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan.
McChrystal's fate has been uncertain in the wake of politically explosive remarks the general and his aides made about key administration officials in Rolling Stone magazine.
The White House has asked the Pentagon to make a list of possible replacements for McChrystal because Obama wants to be ready if he decides to fire the general, a senior administration official told CNN Wednesday. Obama will speak on camera about the issue, senior administration officials noted.
McChrystal is unlikely to survive the fallout from the Rolling Stone story, a Pentagon source who has ongoing contact with the general told CNN earlier.
He will likely resign Wednesday, the source said. Obama was "angry" after reading the general's remarks, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday.
McChrystal met Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, before going to the White House Wednesday morning, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said.
He arrived at the White House to meet Obama in the Oval Office just before 9:45 a.m. ET. The high-stakes meeting with Obama began six minutes later and lasted for roughly a half hour. McChrystal departed the White House around 10:30 a.m.
Originally posted by Misoir
It means one war monger will replace another war monger.
Originally posted by Pellevoisin
I wonder if Gen. MacChrystal intends on keeping a vow of silence. It could be a very noisy couple of months if he decides 'to let it all hang out' so to speak.
Originally posted by Lionel
Punitive Articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice
Article 88—Contempt toward officials
“Any commissioned officer who uses contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Transportation, or the Governor or legislature of any State, Territory, Commonwealth, or possession in which he is on duty or present shall be punished as a court-martial may direct"
Dismissal, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for 1 year.
Originally posted by jam321
The general will make rounds telling his side of the story. Obama and company will deny. Meanwhile, the war in Afghanistan will get a new strategy(again) and IMO it will be an exit strategy.