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'Furious" Obama Summons General to White House

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the top U.S. general in Afghanistan made "a significant mistake" and used poor judgment in remarks to a magazine reporter.

Gates says Gen. Stanley McChrystal has apologized to him. Gates also says he has recalled McChrystal to Washington to discuss the matter in person. That's on top of the White House summons that McChrystal appear there Wednesday.

The Pentagon says McChrystal will hold a separate meeting with Gates.

Gates' statement says nothing about whether McChrystal should keep his job.

In an interview in this week's Rolling Stone magazine, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan badmouthed President Barack Obama and others. McChrystal issued an apology today.

Kerry, who heads the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, says he has "enormous respect" for the general. He says he spoke to McChrystal today about dealing with those comments.

The general will be dealing with them tomorrow. McChrystal has been called back to Washington for a meeting he usually attends by video teleconference.

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