On the Radar: June 24, 2010

Gen. David Petraeus Will Replace Embattled Gen. Stanley McChrystal in Afghanistan  
By Jake Tapper, Martha Raddatz, Huma Khan, Miguel Marquez,  ABC News  
President Obama today relieved embattled Gen. Stanley McChrystal from his position as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan for his remarks belittling administration officials, replacing him with Gen. David Petraeus, currently head of United States Central Command. Continue reading

Crisis Management 101
By John Dickerson, SLATE Magazine
The presidency should come with a neck brace. Two days ago, Barack Obama was struggling to stay on top of the oil spill in the Gulf while simultaneously trying to do something (anything) about the anemic economy, pitch a new energy initiative, and kick-start the selling of health care reform. Then, out of the blue, another crisis: Continue reading...  

Obama Says Afghan Policy Won’t Change After Dismissal 
By Helene Cooper and David Sanger, The New York Times  
President Obama on Wednesday fired his top Afghanistan war commander after only a brief meeting in the Oval Office, replacing Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal with his boss and mentor, Gen. David H. Petraeus, and sending a clear signal that the current war strategy will continue despite setbacks and growing public doubts.  Continue Reading...

Gen. Stanley McChrystal relieved of command    
By Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post   
President Obama on Wednesday relieved Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal of his duties as commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, a White House official said.  Continue Reading...

Bad timing helped do in McChrystal 
By Gloria Borger, CNN    
Aside from his extraordinarily bad judgment, Gen. Stanley McChrystal also had something else working against him: bad timing. Really bad timing. President Obama, you may recall, has lately had some troubles with public perception of the way he has been handling the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. His leadership has been questioned.   Continue Reading...

Small Banks, Big Risks  
By David Wessel, The Wall Street Journal       
Congress is planting the seeds of the next big bank bailout. Attention is focused on the House-Senate conference on a once-in-a-generation rewrite of the rules of finance. Meanwhile, a provision added, almost unnoticed, to a help-small-business bill that passed the House last week would allow all but the 100 largest banks to pretend they haven't made bad loans.  Continue Reading...

Obama administration announces new border security measures 
By Ceci Connolly, The Washington Post 
The Obama administration announced Wednesday that it will station an aerial drone in Texas as part of its stepped-up surveillance of criminal trafficking along the Mexican border.   Continue Reading...



Posted: Thu, 06/24/2010 - 5:17pm