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June 23, 2010



General McKiernan's battlefield bona fides crttoibuned much to the success of Surge. Before that, General Mac oversaw the 2003 ground war against Saddam Hussein and the Iraqi regime as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He assumed command of NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan on June 3, last year. Most Army sources reveal that they were kinda stunned ala Star Trek when General McKiernan and his staff were not given command for post-war operations in Iraq, which instead went to V Corps and the newly-promoted Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez.He totally disagreed with General Franks about the Feyadeen. Franks dissed any threats from those guys. McKiernan wanted to hunt them down and kill them.As far as his getting sacked goes - the only reasons that come to light so far - and there will prob be way more come out about Def Sec Gates' decision to relieve him - is that supply and logistical endeavors had NOT gotten better to remote outposts as per Gates directive from his last visit (before this one)to Af Pak.

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