- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 24, 2010

President Obama on Thursday said the U.S. will “not miss a beat” because of the recent firing of the commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Mr. Obama fired Gen. Stanley McChrystal on Wednesday over comments the general made in a Rolling Stone magazine interview that were critical of the civilian leadership in Washington.

The president said the removal of Gen. McChrystal was not a consequence of a difference in policy.

“He was executing the policy that I had laid out; that he was executing the orders that I had issued and that were reflective of the review process that took place last year,” Mr. Obama said.


He was speaking to reporters at the White House following a meeting with Russian President Dimitry Medvedev on Thursday.

He said he is confident he has a team in place that can execute. “I’m paying very close attention to make sure that they execute and I will be insisting on extraordinary performance moving forward,” he added.

Mr. Obama has installed Gen. David H. Petraeus in Gen. McChrystal’s place.