Thursday, June 24, 2010
I recommend Marc Ambinder's balanced take on General McChrystal, including this bit:
An apt response to President Obama from the military side: your words, Mr. President, are well-taken, but please, please apply this standard to your civilians too. We all want to win the war. That means that the President needs to figure out the dysfunctions in the relationships among the senior civilians on the ground -- he needs a Ryan Crocker-like diplomat who has credibility with Hamid Karzai. Making these changes is on the President, not on Petraeus.
There is a chance that McChrystal's dismissal, as unfortunate as it is, will drive a new and sensible discussion of our policy in Afghanistan. But read the whole thing.