McChrystal Resigns, Petraeus Named As Replacement [Updated]
by Nathan Empsall, Wed Jun 23, 2010 at 05:04:21 AM EDT
A senior Capitol Hill source tells me that General Stanley McChrystal had tendered his resignation to President Barack Obama and that the White House is actively discussing a replacement who could be quickly confirmed by the Senate.
The source said that among the names being touted as possible successors are General James Mattis, the outgoing head of the US Joint Forces Command and due to retire after being passed over as US Marine Corps commander, and Lieutenant General William Caldwell, commander of Nato’s Training Mission in Afghanistan.
Of course, offering to resign is not the same as actually resigning and it remains to be seen whether Mr Obama will accept the resignation. Donald Rumsfeld offered to resign as Pentagon chief on more than one occasion but President George W. Bush requested that he continue in post before eventually firing him in November 2006.
I take this to mean not that the General has resigned, but that he will do so at today's meeting. If replacements are already being discussed, than it sounds like Obama is going to accept. My guess is that if the leader of the COIN strategy is out, next summer's withdrawal might actually be more than a token one - it's a bit late in the game for yet ANOTHER new strategy. We'll see.
Update: The president has accepted McChrystal's resignation. David Petraeus will take over in Afghanistan - so with an old involved hand like that taking over, I have to take back what I said about the leader of the COIN strategy being out and the war winding down. The appeal of McChrystal was always that he was in the Petraeus mold. Well, Petraeus is certainly inthe Petraeus mold.