Obama expected to announce McChrystal's fate this afternoon

ANNE GEARAN,Associated Press Writers
JENNIFER LOVEN,Associated Press Writers

WASHINGTON (AP) — With his future as the top U.S. commander of the war in Afghanistan uncertain, Gen. Stanley McChrystal arrived at the White House Wednesday to explain his biting complaints about President Barack Obama and his aides directly to the commander in chief.

The general is meeting met with the president  in person in a brief meeting that reportedly  lasted just about 30 minutes. McChrystal usually participates by videoconference.

McChrystal met earlier with Defense 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.

McChrystal was critical of his commander-in-chief and other administration officials in the Rolling Stone story.

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