Wednesday, June 23, 2010

General Intelligence

Much of the week's news cycle thus far has been consumed with reactions (and reactions to the reactions) to General Stanley McChrystal's offhand -- but not, unfortunately for him, off-the-record -- comments to Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings (whose article you can read in its entirety here here).  This morning, President Obama answered the media's will he/won't he question of canning McChrystal, his point man in the Afghanistan theater, by replacing him with immediate superior David Petraeus.  Now, I don't have near enough knowledge of the ins-and-outs of military strategy to say whether this is anything other than a lateral move, but when Slate's Fred Kaplan says it's a good thing, I tend to listen.

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