Obama replaces McChrystal with Petraeus
(AP) ? President Barack Obama sacked Gen. Stanley McChrystal as his top commander in Afghanistan and will replace him with Gen. David Petraeus, who commands U.S forces in the Middle East and Asia, he announced today.
McChrystal was pushed out over his blistering remarks aboutadministration officials, quoted in a Rolling Stone magazineinterview.
After an Oval Office meeting with McChrystal in the morning,Obama huddled with his war advisers and announced hisdecision on the general's fate to the nation in the Rose Garden.
Petraeus has been McChrystal's boss, overseeing the wars in bothAfghanistan and Iraq from Central Command. Before that, he ledPresident George W. Bush's surge of troops into Iraq that wascredited with turning that war around.
Last week, there was concern about Petraeus when he slumped atthe witness table while testifying at a Senate hearing about thewar in Afghanistan. He recovered quickly and a spokesman said thegeneral likely was dehydrated and jet-lagged from his travels.