Krauthammer spoke highly of his replacement McCrystal on Fox today, FWIW.
A lot of freepers have too on other threads.
Well, that’s a good thing at least...
So did Cheney, FWIW
Couldn't ask for better is the impression I came away with after watching that segment.
It sounds like both McKiernan and McCrystal are good generals, with terrific careers and reputations. It also sounds like the DoD personnel (Gates & Petraus) are on board with this change, so I’m not sure that I would read any Obama interference into this particular move. McKiernan may not have done anything wrong, it may come down to simply the fact that General Petraus simply wants that McCrystal offers a slight advantage in some aspect of the job and he wants to make the change.
One of the great things about our military is that it can be a ruthless meritocracy. When lives are on the line, the guy in charge doesn’t have to wait for a screw-up or loss to change personnel. The success of the mission is bigger than any one General’s career.
"We can and must do better ... We have a new policy set by our president, a new strategy, a new mission ... I believe new military leadership is also needed," said Robert Gates, the defence secretary.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
If Obama palns to defeat Al Quaida with aggrssive community organizing, then we may be in for Viet Nam , Act II.
It won't matter how good McCrystal is, he will preside over a community organizing debacle. We will have to see what exactly the new policy is.That is if we ever see it at all.
Remember that we had a really good soldier in command in Vietnam, but he was traduced by a micro managing president. The Cong and NVA ran cicles around him.