May 13, 2009
The Curious Sacking of Gen. McKiernan
Simon Tisdall, The Guardian
Obama's top US general in Afghanistan has been shown the door, but top brass at the Pentagon haven't really explained why
It seems harsh to suggest the Pentagon top brass don't know what they're doing. But those who care to read the transcript of the press conference at which the sacking of the top American general in Afghanistan was announced may find that conclusion hard to resist. "In some ways we're learning as we go here," said Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the joint chiefs. It was not a reassuring admission.
The public defenestration of General David McKiernan, a distinguished career officer who took command in Kabul less than one year ago, was brutal in that cold, callous way peculiar to American officialdom. More...
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