The commander in chief ordered General Stanley McChrystal to leave the battlefield and return to Washington to explain a series of comments he made to Rolling Stone Magazine.
The two met privately in the Oval Office before this morning's monthly meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan. McChrystal left the White House before that meeting began. He would have faced some of the people he and his staff openly criticized in the article.
Among them, Vice President Biden. In the piece, McChrystal says, "Are you asking about Vice President Biden? Who's that?" One of his aides went on to say, "Biden? Did you mean to say 'bite me?'"
McChrystal didn't question the accuracy of the story. Before heading to Washington, he issued a statement apologizing for his remarks. But top White House aides say, the President was furious.