New President, New Abassador, so obviously we need new military leadership in Afghanistan.
The commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan — Gen. David McKiernan — will be replaced by Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Monday afternoon.
McKiernan, who was asked to resign, will remain in his current position — which as top U.S. commander means he is the head of NATO forces in Afghanistan — until McChrystal and Rodriguez are confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Gates said.
It makes sense to me. LTG McChrystal was head of JSOC during The Surge(tm), and is often credited with the being the real reason for the decline in violence during that period. Having worked with Gen. Petraeus before is no small issue either. Looks like everyone will be working from the same playbook in AZ now, so this should be interesting. I don’t necessarily think it’s a good idea because the playbook may be from Iraq..
Setting the same team from victory in Iraq into motion in Afghanistan inherently precludes original thoughts that may be necessary for victory in new territory with new rules. I’ve always believed that the tactics and strategies from Iraq won’t work in Afghanistan because the playing field is inherently different. The terrain, the people, the historical divisions are all completely different in Afghanistan.
However, I do have faith that Generals Petraeus, McChrystal and Rodriguez are smart enough to acknowledge the differences and find the correct solutions.
I look forward to seeing what all of the Army blogs say about this development.
*** UPDATE ***
Here’s an interesting article about all the major players from the WSJ.
The most interesting thing about the article is that it’s from Friday.
*** UPDATE #2 ***
Father of the Resistance, Mr. Exum comes through on some analysis..