Top Choices for McChrystal's Job

Mattis, Rodriguez, Allen head candidate pack
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2010 7:25 AM CDT
Top Choices for McChrystal's Job
Gen. James N. Mattis, U.S. Marine Corps, arrives to testify at a pretrial hearing for Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich Monday, March 22, 2010 at Camp Pendleton in San Diego County, Calif.   (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

(Newser) – With Gen. Stanley McChrystal looking like a goner, attention has turned to the Afghanistan commander's possible replacements. Marine Gen. James Mattis and Marine Lt. Gen. John Allen appear to be frontrunners, though Thomas Ricks notes in Foreign Policy that Mattis, ironically, "has a reputation... for speaking a little too bluntly in public about things like killing people."

Army Lt. David Rodriguez, currently McChrystal's No. 2 in Afghanistan, is another top choice, and David Wood writes on Politics Daily that choosing Rodriguez would "enable a seamless transition of command, while it would take either Mattis or Allen some months to settle in with their own battle staffs." Ricks suggests a "whole new team in Afghanistan"—one headed by Gen. David Petraeus, for whom McChrystal's job would be a step down in the echelon.
(Read more Stanley McChrystal stories.)

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