Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The curious sacking of Gen McKiernan

Obama's top US general in Afghanistan has been shown the door, but top brass at the Pentagon haven't really explained why

Simon Tisdall, Tuesday 12 May 2009

".....The changes in command underscore the impression that Obama, abandoning long-term nation-building goals, is looking for quick, minimalist results in Afghanistan, chiefly containing and deflating the insurgency. His aides don't want the war dragging on when he stands for re-election in 2012. And the top brass increasingly believe the real counter-terrorism battle is centred next door, in the tribal areas of Pakistan......"

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