General McChrystal has been relieved of his command. A precursor to the end of the U.S. in Afghanistan?Obama: "A change in personnel, not a change in policy." We'll see.[Update from GG: We just posted E. J. Dionne's column on l'affaire McChrystal.]More update from MOBS: Thomas Ricks formerly military correspondent for the WashPost has a piece about how often general used to be fired for not getting the job done: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/24/opinion/24ricks.html?ref=opinionAnd More: Juan Cole has this "Lessons of Petraeus Iraq for Petraeus Afghanistan" -not wholly encouraging on the strategy. http://www.juancole.com/2010/06/lessons-of-petraeus-iraq-for-petraeus-afghanistan.htmlMore: David Brooks has a solid historical/cultural analysis of how McChrystal did himself in; sounds about right. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/25/opinion/25brooks.html?ref=opinion
Margaret O’Brien Steinfels is a former editor of Commonweal.