On firing McChrystal Obama said there would be no change in policy:
U.S. President Barack Obama says the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan will remain the same despite his decision to replace the top general leading the war effort.
Today, though, his ‘shiny new’ general, Petraeus, promises the US Senate that in fact there will be to changes to policy:
WASHINGTON – Gen. David H. Petraeus told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday that he would take a new look at the rules governing the use of heavy firepower in the Afghan war, which have cut down on United States airstrikes and civilian casualties but have been bitterly criticized by American forces who say they have made the fight more dangerous.
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General Petraeus said he would look anew at the rules of engagement in Afghanistan.
Calling the protection of his troops a “moral imperative,” General Petraeus signalled in his Senate confirmation hearing to take command in Afghanistan what could be his first significant shift in policy since President Obama last week fired the top commander there, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal.
Sure, Mr Obama, why worry about more of this:
I guess McChrystal didn’t kill quite enough kids for our Senators.