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Obama, McChrystal, start private Oval Office talk

With his future as the top commander of the war in Afghanistan uncertain, Gen Stanley McChrystal arrived at the White House today to explain his biting complaints about President Barack Obama and his aides directly to the US commander in chief.

world Updated: Jun 23, 2010 22:49 IST

With his future as the top commander of the war in Afghanistan uncertain, Gen Stanley McChrystal arrived at the White House on Wednesday to explain his biting complaints about President Barack Obama and his aides directly to the US commander in chief.

The general was meeting with Obama in the Oval Office before attending the president's regular monthly war meeting. McChrystal usually participates by video conference.

McChrystal met earlier on Wednesday with Defence Secretary Robert Gates and Adm Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the Pentagon.

Obama summoned McChrystal after learning of his comments about administration officials in a magazine article. A White House rebuke of McChrystal suggested it would be hard for him to save his job.

Two military officials said McChrystal was prepared to submit his resignation. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak publicly.

Obama was set to make an announcement on McChrystal's future soon after their face-to-face.

"I think it's clear that the article in which he and his team appeared...showed poor judgement," Obama said on Tuesday at the close of an unrelated Cabinet meeting.

"But I also want to make sure that I talk to him directly before I make any final decisions."

Afghan President Hamid Karzai expressed his confidence in McChrystal during a video conference on Tuesday night with Obama, Karzai spokesman Waheed Omar said on Wednesday in Kabul.