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June 24th, 2010
10:45 AM ET

Obama's choice of Petraeus a 'masterstroke'

CNN

Zakaria says Petraeus showed in Iraq the importance of working with civilians to carry out strategy

Zakaria says Petraeus showed in Iraq the importance of working with civilians to carry out strategy

President Obama's decision to replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal with Gen. David Petraeus is "a masterstroke," says analyst Fareed Zakaria.

The president announced Wednesday that he had accepted McChrystal's resignation after the publication of a Rolling Stone article that contained disparaging remarks by the general and his staff about officials in the Obama administration. Obama chose Petraeus, the head of the U.S. Central Command, to replace McChrystal.

Zakaria said the controversy over McChrystal's comments raised questions about how effectively he was doing his job, and Petraeus is superbly equipped for the role of leading the NATO force in Afghanistan.

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  1. Annie Kate

    Petraeus is a good general – hopefully he can accomplish what needs to be done quickly and bring our troops home. In light of how he came to this command, I'm sure his actions in the first few months will be followed closely. I hope we like what we see....

    June 24, 2010 at 8:46 pm |