James Forsyth

McCrystal goes

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NBC is reporting that President Obama has accepted General McChrystal’s resignation. McChrystal had offered it following the publication of a magazine profile in which him and his staff were reported deriding various members of the administration’s Afghan war effort. McChrystal’s own criticisms of the president were also part of the piece.

The BBC is now saying that General Petraeus, the general who implemented the surge strategy in Iraq, will replace McChrystal. This suggests that McChrystal’s dismissal will not lead to a change in strategy. Although it remains to be seen whether Petraeus will stay as head of CentCom.

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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