David McKiernan Replaced as Top General in Afghanistan

The Pentagon has announced that it is replacing its top general in Afghanistan.

From the Associated Press:

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he asked for the resignation of Gen. David McKiernan. Gates said new leadership is needed as the Obama administration launches its strategy in the seven-year-old campaign.

The change is aimed at “getting fresh thinking, fresh eyes on the problem,” Gates told a Pentagon news conference.

The move comes as more than 21,000 additional U.S. forces begin to arrive in Afghanistan, dispatched by Obama to confront the Taliban more forcefully this spring and summer.

Replacing McKiernan will be Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who has had a top administrative job at the Joint Chiefs of Staff for less than a year. He is a former commander of the Joint Special Operations Command.

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One Comment on “David McKiernan Replaced as Top General in Afghanistan”

  1. Aaron Oglesbee Says:

    The President didn’t “ask for the resignation” of General McKiernan. He told him he was reassigning him (in effect, but not in fact, he “relieved” him of command.

    Officers who request to “resign” are relieved of their commissions and no longer eligible for a pension nor are they carried on retired rolls, no matter how long they have served. May not seem like much, but to millions of miltary folks, it is all the difference.


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