- The Washington Times - Monday, May 11, 2009

UPDATED:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is replacing its top general in Afghanistan as President Barack Obama tries to turn around a stalemated war.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday he asked for the resignation of Gen. David McKiernan. He said a fresh approach was in the U.S.’s best interest.

The move comes as more than 21,000 additional U.S. forces begin to arrive in Afghanistan, dispatched by Obama to confront the Taliban more forcefully this spring and summer.

Gates said new military leadership was needed to go along with a new strategy and a new ambassador.



He said the decision was in the best interest of national security.

Sign up for Daily Newsletters

Copyright © 2019 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide