President Obama picks General David Petraeus on Wednesday after Obama has accepted the resignation of General Stanley Mc Chrystal after a scathing interview in Rolling Stone magazine. Earlier the president met with Mc Chrystal about the controversial interview.
Petraeus who is the develop the Iraq War surge will now be in charge of both war theaters in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The President was livid of the Rolling Stone article:
Obama said bluntly that Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s scornful remarks about administration officials in interviews for a magazine article represent conduct that “undermines the civilian control of the military that is at the core of our democratic system.”
The President thanks the general for his service:
Expressing praise for McChrystal yet certainty he had to go, Obama said he did not make the decision over any disagreement in policy or “out of any sense of personal insult.” Flanked by Vice President Joe Biden, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in the Rose Garden, he said: “War is bigger than any one man or woman, whether a private, a general, or a president.”
President Obama ask the US Senate to a speedy conformation process:
“This is a change in personnel but it is not a change in policy,” Obama said. The president delivered the same message in a phone call to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the White House said, and Karzai told Obama he would work toward a smooth transition.
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