General Stanley McChrystal

*At a precarious moment in the war in Afghanistan, President Barack Obama prepared to hear his top war commander explain biting published complaints about the commander in chief and his aides, reports the AP.

Even before their showdown, the White House’s rebuke of Gen. Stanley 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 authorized to speak publicly.

At press time Obama was set to make an announcement on McChrystal’s future soon after their face-to-face today.

“I think it’s clear that the article in which he and his team appeared … showed poor judgment,” Obama said 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.”

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