General Stanley McChrystal is at the White House meeting with Obama after being summoned there from Afghanistan following publication of a Rolling Stone article in which he mocked and derided White House officials including Obama and Joe Biden.
Jake Tapper at ABC News has some new insight:
"During his round of phone calls to top officials of the Obama administration whom he and his team disparaged to a Rolling Stone reporter, Gen. Stanley McChrystal said, "I've compromised the mission," a senior administration source tells ABC News.
Whether he did so irrevocably is at the top of the agenda in his Oval Office meeting with President Obama this morning. The president will press him as to what he was thinking and whether he still has the ability to serve as commander of 100,000 US troops in Afghanistan after making remarks about the president and his national security team that the general could use to justifiably fire any of his underlings if they were made about him.
"He'll have to have some pretty good answers to some tough questions," a senior White House official tells ABC News.
McChrystal will have a legitimate opportunity to make his case to keep his job, officials said."
Obama has asked the Pentagon for possible replacements should he decide to fire McChrystal.