The Pentagon almost unanimously agreed with the dismissal of General McChrystal for insubordination and backed the appointment of General Petraeus as the new commander in Affghanistan. Joint chief of Staff chair, Admiral Mike Mullen, said: “Any new commander, General Petraeus included, will go in, assess his command, and what is it going to take to achieve the mission.” He has the flexibility to introduce new tactics or any changes that are necessary. Mullen, admitted he was “nearly sick” when he first read the Rolling Stone article. “Literally, physically, I couldn’t believe it.” Of course, he basically admitted current tactics would be pursued, although there might be adjustments.
Reality, is that General McChyrstal violated his West Point training, but the unanswered question is whether a new general will obtain the old or new results. This blog doubts the end result will be altered, but we offer the Pentagon good wishes on their old ideas.