MSNBC’s Jim Miklaszewski is reporting that Pentagon sources confirm that President Barack Obama has relieved Gen. Stanley McChrystal from his command of forces in Afghanistan.
President Barack Obama has decided to relieve Gen. Stanley McChrystal of his command over all U.S. military forces in Afghanistan, sources tell NBC News.
Obama is scheduled to make an official 1:30 p.m. EDT announcement about the general.
MSNBC is also reporting (now confirmed by a CNN national seurity source) that Obama has tapped Gen. David Petraeus, current head of US Central COmmand, as McChrystal’s replacement.
McChrystal Relieved of Command; Obama Names Petraeus as Replacement in Afghanistan
As the title says, Gen. Petraeus will replace McChrystal. I'm not sure that the Surgin' General is the best choice as a replacement, but at least as CENTCOM commander he's familiar with the situation.
Just yesterday, I predicted that Obama wouldn't do this. I'm glad to see that at least he won't overlook the obvious when it's about to kick him in the gonads. I'm also glad because losing control of the military would be a very bad thing for America. Plenty of countries have learned what that means, and very few remain democracies today.