Obama replaces McChrystal with Petraeus

Gen. Stanley McChrystal arrives at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 23, 2010, for a meeting with President Barack Obama. (Evan Vucci)
June 23, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
President Barack Obama sacked his loose-lipped Afghanistan commander Wednesday, a seismic shift for the military order in wartime, and chose the familiar, admired -- and tightly disciplined -- Gen. David Petraeus to replace him. Petraeus, architect of the Iraq war turnaround, was once again to take hands-on leadership of a troubled war effort.

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