Army General David McKiernan has been fired as head of U.S. forces in Afghanisan and replaced with Army Lt.-Gen. Stanley McChrystal.
Check out Newsweek’s article about him. He is a fantastic choice to lead the way in Afghanistan, especially under the supervision of General Petraeus as head of CENTCOM. He was the head of the elite Joint Forces Special Command that ended the life of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in Iraq, making him among the most knowedgeable and capable of those specializing in special operations–the exact type of person we need in Afghanistan.
There’s only two concerns I have: Special operations rely upon intelligence for success. The intelligence piled in in Iraq once a comprehensive, successful counter-insurgency campaign began. For all the skills McChrystal has, will he have the intelligence he needs to be victorious?
And second, if the intelligence always leads back to Pakistan, then what?