U.S. quickly going through commanders in Afghan war
KABUL, Afghanistan – At the international military headquarters in Kabul, it’s jokingly being called the curse of the commander’s job.
The last four U.S. generals to run the Afghan war were either forced to resign or saw their careers tainted by allegations of wrongdoing.
The first, Gen. David McKiernan, was ousted May 11, 2009, a year before his term as commander was to end. Then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates wanted McKiernan’s resignation as newly elected President Barack Obama launched a counterinsurgency strategy of working to undermine the Taliban’s pull on the population.
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