Can Gen. Petraeus Turn Things Around in Afghanistan?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Former Commander of the International Security Assistance Force and Commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, speaks during a news briefing at the Pentagon on May 13, 2010. (Alex Wong/Getty)

Less than 48 hours after Rolling Stone’s profile of General Stanley McChrystal went viral on the Internet, President Obama relieved the four-star general of his job as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. General David Petraeus will now take over the post, leaving behind an opening at the Central Command in Iraq. Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, was in the Rose Garden yesterday for Obama’s announcement. He explains the political implications of the president's decision and the response it is getting in Washington. Even though the president tried to drive home the point that strategy was not going to change, this personnel upset has reopened the strategy debate in Washington.

Jen DiMascio, the Pentagon correspondent for says that although Petraeus is credited wtih turning Iraq around, it remains to be seen if he can do the same in Afghanistan.


Jen DiMascio and Todd Zwillich

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Arwa Gunja

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