McChrystal, Staff Disparage Team Obama

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of the International Security Assistance Force and commander of the U.S. Forces Afghanistan, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, before the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Updated at 1:00 p.m. ET

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, was summoned to Washington Tuesday and has spent the day apologizing for disparaging comments published in a Rolling Stone article about the contentious relationship between him, his staff and the Obama White House.

One of the general's assistants has already resigned in the wake of the article.

Below are some of the quotes that led to McChrystal being "ordered to appear" at a White House meeting on Afghanistan Wednesday, as a senior Obama aide told CBS News Correspondent Peter Maer.

On President Obama:

After Mr. Obama's was sworn into office, McChrystal felt the new president looked "uncomfortable and intimidated" while meeting with a dozen senior military officials in a Pentagon room known as the Tank, according to a source familiar with the meeting.

Following McChrystal's first one-on-one meeting with the president, an aide said the general left disappointed.

"It was a 10-minute photo op," the adviser said. "Obama clearly didn't know anything about him, who he was. Here's the guy who's going to run his [expletive] war, but he didn't seem very engaged. The Boss was pretty disappointed."

McChrystal termed the president's three-month review of the U.S. military situation in Afghanistan before deciding to send more troops a "painful" time.

"I was selling an unsellable position."

On Vice President Joe Biden:

Last fall, McChrystal dismissed the counterterrorism strategy Biden advocated in Afghanistan as "shortsighted," adding that it would lead to creating "Chaos-istan" in the country.

In the piece, McChrystal and his staff' openly mock the vice president:

"Are you asking about Vice President Biden?" McChrystal said. "Who's that?"

"Biden?" said a top aide. "Did you say: Bite Me?"

On Jim Jones, the U.S. national security adviser and a retired four-star general:

A McChrystal aide calls Jones a "clown" who is "stuck in 1985" - an apparent reference to Jones' experience in the Cold War.

On Richard Holbrooke, U.S. Special Representative to Afghanistan:

"Oh, not another e-mail from Holbrooke," McChrystal said with a groan while checking his BlackBerry. "I don't even want to open it." According to the piece, the general didn't bother "to conceal his annoyance" after reading the diplomat's greeting out loud and returning the device to his pocket.

"The Boss says he's like a wounded animal," one of the general's staff members told said. "Holbrooke keeps hearing rumors that he's going to get fired, so that makes him dangerous. He's a brilliant guy, but he just comes in, pulls on a lever, whatever he can grasp onto."

On U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry:

In January, The New York Times published an article about the contents of a classified cable Eikenberry wrote that criticized McChrystal's strategy.

"I like Karl, I've known him for years, but they'd never said anything like that to us before," McChrystal said, letting the Rolling Stone writer know he felt "betrayed" by the leak. "Here's one that covers his flank for the history books. Now if we fail, they can say, 'I told you so.'"



On Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:

Clinton stood out as one of the few people in the article McChrystal's team liked. "Hillary had Stan's back during the strategic review," an adviser told the Rolling Stone writer. "She said, 'If Stan wants it, give him what he needs.'"

On Members of Congress:

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., were pointed out as politicians McChrystal's team didn't like when an aide told the writer they "turn up, have a meeting with (Afghan President Hamid) Karzai, criticize him at the airport press conference, then get back for the Sunday talk shows. Frankly, it's not very helpful."

More McChrystal Coverage

McChrystal Ordered to W.H. to Explain Critique
The McChrystal Fallout
General McChrystal Clearly in Four-Star Trouble
Gates: McChrystal Made a "Significant Mistake"
Hamid Karzai Backs McChrystal amid Uproar
McCain, Lieberman, Graham: McChrystal Comments Inappropriate
McChrystal Apologizes for Critical Remarks

McChrystal on "60 Minutes"
McChrystal on the Challenges in Afghanistan
  • CBSNews

Comments