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Obama Fires Top Afghanistan General

From Fox News:

ISAF’s commander in Afghanistan, General David McKiernan, is seen as a newly graduated member of the Afghan community force salutes in Mehtar Lam, capital of the eastern Laghman province March 26, 2009.

Pentagon’s Top Commander in Afghanistan to be Replaced

Gen. David McKiernan is out as the Defense Department implements a new strategy for Afghanistan.

Monday, May 11, 2009

President Obama fired the top U.S. general in Afghanistan on Monday, replacing him with a former special forces commander as the Defense Department implements a new strategy for the country.

Gen. David McKiernan will be likely be replaced by former special forces commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal, director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and former head of Joint Special Operations Command. Lt. Gen. David M. Rodriguez, Gates’ top military adviser, will be named as deputy commander, a new position…

McKiernan has been the top general for NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan for less than a year. He was named to his post by former President George W. Bush and had expected to serve into next year, but was told he was out during Gates’ visit to Afghanistan last week.

A defense official characterized the decision as one that was not McKiernan’s and said McKiernan is not stepping down, but is being replaced…

Maybe Mr. Obama really does think he is a Lincoln.

(Thanks to BillK for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, May 12th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Obama Fires Top Afghanistan General”

  1. BillK says:

    From Fox News:

    Pentagon’s Top Commander in Afghanistan to be Replaced

    Gen. David McKiernan is out as the Defense Department implements a new strategy for Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Monday…


    I’m personally surprised Barry signed off on this, as it’s his side that usually views black ops as somehow “unfair.”

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Well, what they didn’t tell you was the new rules of engagement where all special ops members have to wear day-glo outfits, not carry weapons and notify all “enemy” forces of their arrival no later than 24 hours before the operation. And when they do arrive, they have to shine a bright light, and yell, “Here we come…we’re over here!”

      Also…no killing on the part of our soldiers. Only the enemy forces can kill…as it would most likely be accidental.

      This way, the opposing forces can see that we mean no harm and they can get the s’mores ready and whip out their ukuleles so they can all sing a muslim prayer song.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Move over Jane Fonda…………

    We’ve found your replacement after 40 years as the most “HATED” American bitch!!

  3. proreason says:

    Wait a minute.

    I thought Obamy was the “strategy” guy. Didn’t want to get involved in the tactics.

    Well, that’s promise 2,372 violated in the first 110 days.

    But at least we now have the smartest man in the world running the Afghanistan war. At last, he can begin to use those Risk and Stratego skills he honed in his dorm room for 27 years.

    Plus, after 47 years, Obamy can update his resume to show he as actually fired someone. Should it be a surprise that it’s a military man?

    • Confucius says:

      This now makes the Afghanistan conflict Obama’s war.

      I can hardly wait for the war crimes charges.

  4. artboyusa says:

    I’m reserving judgement on this one (well, there’s a first time for everything). Let’s see what happens. The Afghanistan mission is not going as well as it needs to and I have way too many bitter memories of how George “Off the Record, Bob” Casey and Rick “Self Exculpatory Memoir” Sanchez were allowed to stay on in Iraq, long after it was obvious to anyone that they would not and could not deliver. I want to win this thing a lot more than I want to diss Barry, so if a new guy can do a better job that’s okay with me.

    • Right of the People says:

      The problem is that this war is not winnable. In Iraq, we had regime change plus have installed a form of democracy, that ain’t going to happen here. These people are living in the stone age and for all intents and purposes they’re happy as a pig in slop to stay right were they are. I don’t think they even could grasp the philosophy of real freedom. Face it, most of them are happy to keep growing their poppies to sell to the drug runners and keep a goat or two. The British couldn’t civilize them, the Russians couldn’t subjugate them and that was just in the last century so what makes us think we can do any better?

      For once I partly go along with the lib’s on this (shudder, I didn’t think I’d ever mutter those words) and think we need to get our exit strategy in order and get the hell out of there before any more of our brave men and women die needlessly.


    • proreason says:

      I’m with Right of the People.

      We should build a secure haven from which we can send out drones to kill the Taliban when they mass up, and to have a base if we need to return in strength.

      And not do anything more.

      This is not a conflict that is winnable for the reasons RoP stated.

      The only value is to maintain a base of operations and to kill bad guys in the safest possible way.

  5. pdsand says:

    I guess somebody leaked to the media that the General did not have a tax problem, so he has no place in Obama’s circle of trust.

  6. canary says:

    Billk, I surprised too on Obomies choose. If McChrystal does his black op stuff he did under Bush, then Obomies would be held accountable. I hope there isn’t a bribe for McChrystal to
    say what Obomies want him to say.

    But, their reasoning for replacing McKiermen, over ground troops is b.s. Since Obomi stance was more ground troops, then fancy technology, prior election (less civilian casualties fight polite). Media making it sound like Obomie already sent the troops, when obviously, he really didn’t, and isn’t, might be to give a smokescreen. All he had to do is tell McKierman, screw the foot troops, let’s just use fancy tech he was against and use drones and bomb them.

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