Is Gen. Stanley McChrystal's Career Over? Should It Be?

U.S. Defense Sec. Gates And Gen. Stanley McChrystal Hold Talks At NATO HQ

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the commander of the NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Pool/Getty Images Europe hide caption

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On New York magazine's Daily Intel blog, Dan Amira provides a valuable summary of commentary on the future of the top American commander in Afghanistan, from a diversity of columnists, bloggers, pundits and prognosticators.

I'll crib a few highlights from Amira, hoping you'll read the rest of his post at

James Fallows, of The Atlantic: "If the facts are as they appear...with no contention that the quotes were invented or misconstrued, then Obama owes it to past and future presidents to draw the line and say: this is not tolerable. You must go."

Craig Crawford, of CQ Politics: "...make him grovel a bit, but keep him on task."

Byron York, of the Washington Examiner: "Obama is in a bind with McChrystal. There’s no doubt Obama would be fully justified in firing his top general. But at the same time Obama has committed himself to a rigid timeline for withdrawal from Afghanistan. Changing commanders could complicate that enormously. Right now, because of his own policy decisions, the president has no good choice."

For more — from Jonathan Capehart, Juan Cole, Peter Feaver, Rich Lowry, Laura Rozen, and others, click here.



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