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Should Obama Accept McChrystal’s Resignation?


As of 2 hours ago, he is said to have offered it.

According to Jon Western:

This can not end well for McChrystal. He has a lot of support here, but this crossed so many lines– civil-military relations, leadership judgment, command authority, the raunchiness of his conduct, etc… Given the complexity of the on-gong operations and the multiple levels of coordination across so many different civilian and military organizations operating in Afghanistan, there is no way McChrystal can credibly command ISAF. No one will want him commanding their forces. And, given the wide swath of his attack — directed against the entire civilian and political leadership in Washington working on Afghanistan — he can’t possibly continue to work with them.

Maybe true. If Obama accepts his resignation, it may send a strong and worthwhile signal in terms of civil-military relations. But it will also remove a commander who has done more to protect civilians in Afghanistan than anyone since 2001. Afghans understand this. Michael O’Hanlon has more. Also see Joe Klein.


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  • bigfatdrunk

    Wow, you actually cited Michael O’Hanlon? The man who’s been wrong about everything regarding…well, everything…over the past 10 years?

    I don’t mean to sound like a crotchety old man (though I am), but Michael O’Hanlon is to foreign policy what Karl Rove is to math.

    • Just because I disagree with him on many things doesn’t mean I have to disagree with him on this one.

      • Ugh, sorry. I just realized the assholiness of my comment, now that I’m re-reading this. My deepest apologies. I’m pretty sure you can make a radical statement about this, now that you’re tenured and all. :-)

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