General David Petraeus will take over for General Stanley McChrystal as
the commander of the International Security Assistance Force in
Afghanistan. Petraeus is stepping down from his role as the chief of
Central Command, where he oversaw all U.S. operations in the Middle East
and Central Asia. Is he the right man for the job?
- Republicans Thrilled With Petraeus The Wall Street Journal's
Susan Davis writes, "In
tapping Gen. David Petraeus to take over for Gen. Stanley McChrystal,
President Barack Obama may have made a smart tactical move that will
shield his nominee from any pushback from congressional Republicans
because they like Petraeus. They really, really like him."
We Won't Reevaluate Failing Strategy The American Prospect's Adam Serwer sighs, "those on
the right concerned with strategic continuity can breathe easy. ...
Liberals were hoping that McChrystal's departure would offer an
opportunity for the administration to rethink a strategy which some
suspect was adopted largely due to political pressure to continue the
mission. ... The appointment of General Petraeus is likely to squelch
any such discussion before it gets started."
- The Right Choice
Commentary's Max Boot cheers, "If there is one
general who can step quickly into the top job in Afghanistan, it is
Petraeus, who has been closely involved in formulating the campaign plan
along with McChrystal. And if there is one general who knows how to
handle the media and the political process (skills that McChrystal
obviously lacked), it is Petraeus. ... The president has made a good
start by putting our very best general into Kabul."
- Who Will
Step in if Iraq Unravels? Foreign Policy's Tom Ricks worries, "for the
second time in three years, Gen. David Petraeus is bailing out a
president. ... My second big concern is what happens to Iraq now. As
readers of this blog know, I am very worried about trends there. If Iraq
begins to fall apart, and Petraeus is busy in Kabul, who is going to
step on?" As CENTCOM chief, Petraeus oversaw Iraq, but will no longer.
Record Proves He's Right Choice National Review's Victor Davis Hanson
approves of "the wise Petraeus move." He writes, "we can see that
one of the reasons the [Iraq] surge worked was a particular tone
established at the top by General Petraeus and Amb. Ryan Crocker, the
latter also a much underestimated figure, whose professionalism and
competence will increasingly be appreciated, especially in contrast to
the current diplomatic team in Afghanistan."
- How It Could Change Strategy Paul McLeary explains, "What this means for strategy for
the war in Afghanistan
still up for debate. While Petraeus, as CENTCOM chief, is on board with
counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan,
he has also said recently that he believes that the July, 2011
to greater Afghan military control of the fight is 'conditions based.'
also read Petraeus' nomination for ISAF lead as a repudiation of vice
Biden's desire for a more narrowly focused counterterrorism approach,
acceptance of the Petraeus/McChrystal counterinsurgency approach to
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