Just coming across the wires:
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama sacked Gen. Stanley McChrystal as his top commander in Afghanistan and will replace him with Gen. David Petraeus, head of U.S. Central Command, a senior administration official said.
McChrystal was pushed out over his blistering remarks about administration officials, quoted in a Rolling Stone magazine interview.
After an Oval Office meeting with McChrystal in the morning, Obama huddled with his war advisers and planned to announce his decision on the general’s fate to the nation at 1:30 p.m. EDT in the Rose Garden.
The official spoke only on condition of anonymity, because the president’s announcement was not yet public. Petraeus has been McChrystal’s boss, overseeing the wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq from Central Command. Before that, he led President George W. Bush’s surge of troops into Iraq that was credited with turning that war around.
Last week, there was concern about Petraeus when he slumped at the witness table while testifying at a Senate hearing about the war in Afghanistan. He recovered quickly and a spokesman said the general likely was dehydrated and jet-lagged from his travels.
God knows Petraeus has an uphill battle with what’s happening in Afghanistan, and McChrystal will have a long time stateside to think about his career, including his poor judgment in allowing Rolling Stone magazine to hang around him and his staffers for a couple of weeks. I have little doubt we’ll see a book from him in a couple of years.
I wish both them both well.
Update – 2:12 PM: Here’s video of the President’s announcement of his decision.