No Decision on McChrystal Today

The president says he wants to talk to the general first

While both the press corps and the military chain of command wait anxiously for word of President Obama's decision regarding Gen. Stanley McChrystal, there won't be an answer today.


Obama, speaking to reporters this afternoon, said he wouldn't make any decisions before talking to the general: "I think it's clear that the article in which he and his team appeared showed a poor judgment, but I also want to make sure that I talk to him directly before I make any final decisions," the president said.

McChrystal is on his way to Washington to meet with Obama face to face tomorrow at the White House. At his daily press briefing, Robert Gibbs gave no indication whether McChrystal would still be the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan after that meeting; when asked variants of that question repeatedly, Gibbs repeated variants of the same answer: "We'll have more to say after that meeting."