Why McKiernan Was Replaced
When David McKiernan was summarily fired from his post as commanding general in Afghanistan and replaced by Stan McChrystal, I was shocked. Rajiv Chandrasekaran has a superb insider account in today’s WaPo that fills in some of the gaps.
In my New Atlanticist essay “Behind the Afghanistan Command Change” I analyze the piece. My conclusion:
It was a sad and perhaps unjustified end to a distinguished military career for McKiernan. But given the new administration’s new emphasis on Afghanistan — and the sense in Washington that time is running out to make significant progress — it only makes sense to have a team in place that works well together.
Much more at the link.