Bob Gates never thought he'd be Barack Obama's defense secretary. Now, in an exclusive interview, the most revolutionary Pentagon leader since Robert McNamara tells FP why he said yes, when he'll get out of Washington, and what legacy he hopes to leave behind.
Max Boots states that President Obama displayed particular shrewdness in his avoidance of drama in the flap over General McChrystal's recent interview, and in his immediate appointment of General Petraeus as commander in Afghanistan.
President Obama was wise to replace General Stanley McChrystal as Afghan commander, but he should now mount a thorough review of the costly and uncertain nation-building policy in Afghanistan, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass.
In this interview with General Stanley McChrystal, commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, and his top aides, journalist Michael Hastings offers a look at McChrystal's relationship with the White House and the war in Afghanistan.
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