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Obama announces Gen. McChrystal out (accepts his resignation) and Gen. Petraeus taking over, which may blunt criticism from some. Obama says no different on policy with McChrystal, and not insulted, but general showed poor conduct and eroded "trust." Then promises full effort in Afghanistan. Rachel Maddow blogs: "The nameplates change. The behavior may get more politic. The war grinds on."
Did Petraeus faitn earlier this month during hearing because he saw this coming?
Don’t miss Garry Wills at NY Review of Books: "McChrystal Does Not Matter." That’s because the war is a disaster. A "fool’s errand." Time for us to "get out"… NBC’s Richard Engel reports that thanks to Rolling Stone piece, there’s now a media "blackout" in Afghanistan… Tom Engelhardt: Is US going the way of the Soviet Union in pouring too much money into military?
CNN announces new 8 pm show with Eliot Spitzer and conservative columnist Kathleen Parker. I’ve talked to Parker and she is a very nice person and flexible politically—but she wrote an awful column in 2008 questioning Obama’s Americanism.
Amazing ABC story on aide to Sen. David Vitter, with headline: "Drove Drunk, Attacked Girlfriend, Still on Job." Yes, he is the senator’s expert on "women’s issues" … Jon Voight in letter to Obama, published by (natch) Wash Times, says he has caused "destruction" of this country. And abandoned Jewish people, too.