A New Job for a Controversial General
In May, the Pentagon canceled the assignment of Maj. Gen. Jay Hood to Pakistan, where he would've been the defense attache, over concerns that he was intimately involved with torture of detainees at Guantanamo Bay.
Then, last Thursday, the Pentagon announced that Hood would go instead to Tampa, Fla., to become the chief of staff for Central Command ("CENTCOM"). In that job, he will play a central (sorry, bad pun) role in the global war on terrorism, as Gen. David Petraeus's right-hand man, responsible for coordinating all staff operations, planning and interagency work that go through CENTCOM's headquarters.
Instead of Hood, the Pentagon is dispatching Brig. Gen. Joseph B. DiBartolomeo to Pakistan. DiBartolomeo is a National Guard officer who currently serves as the deputy commanding general for the Army's special forces command at Fort Bragg. He hails from West Virginia and has a relatively modest service record -- with no combat deployments, although it's entirely possible he has a covert combat record because of his work in special operations. He looks like a safe choice for the Pakistan job, especially because of his experience in interagency and humanitarian operations.
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