By accepting Gen. Stanely McChrystal's resignation, President Obama solved one problem: the rancor within his security team caused by McChrystal being a jerk in the pages of Rolling Stone. "I welcome debate among my team, but I won't tolerate division," Mr. Obama said today in the Rose Garden.
Mr. Obama then solved another by tapping CentComm chief Gen. David Petraeus to replace McChrystal in Afghanistan.
We're still left with the biggest problem: America's strategy of counterinsurgency in Afghanistan. Under McChrystal, counterinsurgency led to a surge in coalition casualties. Enter Petraeus, who in 2007 co-authored the Counterinsurgency manual (pdf). The president said today that the strategy remains the same. "Let me say to the American people, this is a change in personnel but it is not a change in policy," he said. "General Petraeus fully participated in our review last fall, and he both supported and helped design the strategy that we have in place."
The nameplates change. The behavior may get more politic. The war grinds on.
We'll have much more about this tonight on the show.