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The New US Commander in Afghanistan

All back channel chatter on General McChrystal is that he leads from the front (which might get him killed) and he does not suffer incompetence (which may get him fired politically).  And one of our own here at BlackFive worked with and for him more than once and said, "he has more time in Special Operations than most generals have in a t-shirt".

We have now gotten to the point where we have the absolute best leadership in the right places at the right times.

But will they be allowed to fight and build and succeed?

Gates Names McChrystal As New U.S. Commander in Afghanistan

Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs
Courtesy Story
Date: 05.11.2009
Posted: 05.11.2009 03:02

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today named Army Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal to replace Army Gen. David D. McKierna as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, citing the need for fresh leadership as the U.S. takes a new approach to the region.

Gates recommended that McChrystal, currently the director of the Joint Staff, replace McKiernan as commander of NATO's International Security Assistance Force and U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

The defense secretary said he reached the decision following consultations with Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of U.S. Central Command; and after gaining approval of President Barack Obama.

"I made these decisions only after careful consideration of a great number of factors, including the advice of Admiral Mullen and General Petraeus," he said. "In the end, I believe my decisions are in the best interest of our national security and the success of our mission in Afghanistan."

Gates also recommended David Rodgriguez, the defense secretary's senior military advisor, for the position of deputy commander U.S. Forces Afghanistan.

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