SecDef Gates Requests Resignation from Afghan Commander

May 11th, 2009  

Topic: SecDef Gates Requests Resignation from Afghan Commander

Gates calls for McKiernan Resignation
WASHINGTON, May 11 (UPI) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates called for the resignation of Gen. David McKiernan as the leader of international forces in Afghanistan on Monday....
McKiernan led the way in calling for an increased troop strength in Afghanistan as U.S. President Barack Obama pushed a dual strategy that calls for non-military strategy to combat the growing regional insurgency.******Can any of you folks shed any light on this move? Is McKiernan inept? A poor commander? Merely a political casualty? Curious move. I wonder whether he pressed his disagreement with Osama bin Urkel....and I'll bet Petraeus was none too happy with this move.
May 11th, 2009  
The Other Guy
Well the current guy's strategy hasn't really been working, so I guess that means he's not doing his job.
May 11th, 2009  
Rob Henderson
I'm sure the man had his reasons... We don't know what goes on inside. But TOG makes a good point...
May 11th, 2009  
Could very well be more about Gates wanting to promote someone who has supported his views in the direction he wants the Armed Forces to go. Gates has been at odds with the Pentagon about the US forces being prepared for conventional actions or more responsive to smaller conflicts. Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal could be one of Gates' supporters.

President Obama has already agreed to increase troop strength in Afghanistan in line with what Gen. David McKiernan had requested.

This could just be more of a "change of Command" than any knock on Gen. David McKiernan.
May 11th, 2009  
A Can of Man
I'm sure they have their reasons.

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