Posted on | June 23, 2010 | 56 Comments
President Obama has relieved Gen. Stanley McChrystal of his command in Afghanistan, administration officials said.
Obama will make the official announcement in a few minutes.
UPDATE: Gen. Petraeus has been asked to take over in Afghanistan.
UPDATE II: Sissy Willis on Twitter:
UPDATE III: Quick summary of Obama announcement:
Blahblahblah “Pock-ee-stahn” blahblahblah “grateful for sacrifice” blahblahblah . . .
UPDATE IV: Welcome Instapundit readers! My goodness, at this very moment, McChrystal is being defended on Fox News by . . . Geraldo Rivera?
UPDATE V: Lachlan Markay: “During Bush’s tenure, active duty generals that spoke out against administration policy were portrayed as courageous whistleblowers.”
UPDATE VI: Ed Driscoll has a round-up of reactions, and here’s a brilliant suggestion from Jules Crittenden: “A Rolling Stone gotcha on Osama bin Laden and the one-eyed Mullah Omar, and everyone gets to go home.”
Ed Morrisey has already gone through 10 updates at Hot Air.
UPDATE VII: Thanks to the commenter who reminded us of how the junior senator from Illinois shamelessly grandstanded during the 2007 Petraeus hearings:
UPDATE VIII: Philip Klein notes that Petraeus has again drawn the short straw, being ordered to “return to combat duty and take over yet another war that has been written off as unwinnable. ”
In the comments, my libertarian friend Tom Knapp calls Afghanistan “a complete clusterf**k from which prompt withdrawal is the only viable military option.”
That may even be a tad optimistic, considering recent history: The educated upper-crust of Afghan society fled when the Soviets invaded and has never returned. After the Soviets withdrew in 1989, they left in place a puppet government that was overthrown in 1992 by something called “The Islamic Jihad Council,” while the countryside was ruled by tribal warlords. By 1996, the Taliban had captured Kabul. For more than 30 years, then, any reasonably ambitious person in Afghanistan has followed one of two career paths:
- Join a tribal militia and start killing people; or
- Get the hell out of Afghanistan.
As a result, Afghanistan lacks sufficient human resources to support civil society and generate economic prosperity.
In other words: It’s Detroit.
If Petraeus can win this one, he’ll go from hero to legend.
The American Left: Shamelessly Following Orders Ever Since Stalin Told Us to Endorse Hitler’s Invasion of Poland.
UPDATE X: Attila-lanche!