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Obama agenda: Under fire

The New York Times’ front page: President Obama will confront the fate of his top commander in Afghanistan Wednesday after a firestorm over remarks the general and members of his staff made that were contemptuous of senior administration officials. Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal has prepared a letter of resignation, though President Obama had not made up his mind whether to accept it when they meet Wednesday morning.”

“Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal's belittling critique of some of the Obama administration's top officials left the president with a stark choice on Tuesday: overlook comments that border on insubordination, or fire his top commander at a critical moment in Afghanistan,” the Washington Post adds.

The Boston Globe's editorial page argues against firing McChrystal: "There MAY yet be reasons for President Obama to dismiss his commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, but allowing a Rolling Stone reporter to tag along for a boozy mission to France isn’t one of them… none of this bears on his job as commander. And the civilian control of the military is in no danger, unless making doo-doo jokes about uber-envoy Richard Holbrooke is a threat to the Constitution. There’s nothing in the article that is a firing offense." But because of "his vaguely insubordinate suggestion that he couldn’t back Biden’s plan ... McChrystal is probably overdue for another dressing-down."


The AP: "Gen. Stanley McChrystal was put in charge of a drifting war in Afghanistan in part because he wasn't afraid to speak up. That quality may prove to be his downfall as President Barack Obama decides whether to fire him."

The New York Post goes nuts on its cover: "CIVIL WAR! The general vs. Obama: Oval Office showdown over insults."

The Post dubs McChrystal "Gen. Bigmouth."

The New York Daily News: "General Chaos: McBigmouth and Bam in showdown."

More Daily News: "In America, generals with runaway egos and mouths tend to become gone-away generals. ... McChrystal might even survive the latest firestorm if he could point to success in the war, but the most damning quote in the magazine article put his future in doubt. It came from a sergeant who put it to McChrystal straight up: 'Sir, some of the guys here, sir, think we're losing, sir.'"

Jon Stewart on the whole controversy: "I may be a four-star general and you may be a reporter for some hippie magazine, but I feel like I can trust you."

Should the President fire Gen. McChrystal? You can vote here. So far with almost 400 votes on the First Read poll, voters are split 54%-46%.