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Obama: I Want To Talk To McChrystal Directly Before Any 'Final Decision' (VIDEO)

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"General McChrystal is on his way here," Obama said. "And I am going to meet with him. Secretary Gates will be meeting with him as well. I think it's clear that the article in which he and his team appeared showed poor judgment. But I also wanna make sure that I talk to him directly before I make any final decision."

Obama then emphasized that the mission in Afghanistan was his central focus. "Whatever decision that I make with respect to General McChrystal or any other aspect of Afghan policy is determined entirely on how I can make sure that we have a strategy that justifies the enormous courage and sacrifice that those men and women are making over there, and that ultimately makes this country safe," he said.

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