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McChrystal Out, Petraeus In

By on 6.23.10 | 2:05PM

President Obama just announced that Gen. Stanley McChrystal is out as top commander in Afghanistan, and was replaced by Gen. David Petraeus. The move ensures the continuity of policy in the war, and puts the man who led the turnaround in Iraq in charge of the difficult task ahead in Afghanistan. The move represents a tremendous sacrifice on the part of Petraeus, who was in charge of the whole Middle Eastern theater as head of Central Command, based in Tampa and able to spend more time in his family. Now he'll have to return to combat duty and take over yet another war that has been written off as unwinnable.

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