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McChrystal goes, after some conservatives called for that outcome

Twenty-four hours ago, Weekly Standard editor-in-chief William Kristol recommended that Gen. Stanley McChrystal be removed from his role as commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, and be replaced by Gen. David Petraeus.

If Gen. McChrystal does step down, there are undoubtedly many able general officers who could replace him. Here’s one unconventional suggestion, though: Ask Gen. David Petraeus to give up his CENTCOM post and take command of the war in Afghanistan.

The president has now accepted McChrystal's resignation and Petraeus is on track to take over in Afghanistan. Don't expect the rest of Kristol's advice (the firing of civilian ambassadors) to be adopted right now, but take note of the conservative commentary on this issue. I saw no one argue that McChrystal did not, at least, need to offer his resignation -- the argument was between commentators such as Charles Krauthammer, who argued that Obama should not accept it, and commentators like Kristol, who argued for Petraeus to move in.

By David Weigel  |  June 23, 2010; 1:45 PM ET
Categories:  Foreign Policy  
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