It is a command that could be said to be a graveyard for generals. The generals who have led U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan have not fared well. The Associated Press took a look at what has happened since 2008.
Gen. David McKiernan served from June 2008 to June 2009. Defense Secretary Robert Gates asked for McKiernan’s resignation a year before his term as commander was set to end. He was fired because President Obama favored a new approach to conducting the war.
Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal served from June 2009 to June 2010. He was ordered to “remake” the war effort with the help of surge troops ordered by President Obama. Members of McChrystal’s team were quoted in a magazine as making disparaging comments about their commander in chief. The president called McChrystal back to Washington to explain and forced him to resign.
Gen. David Petraeus was in command from July 2010 to July 2011. He agreed to serve one year. He then retired and became director of the CIA. He resigned that post after the scandal involving an extramarital affair with his biographer. It became known because of emails between the biographer and another woman.
Gen. John Allen took command in July 2011. He has been under investigation for sending inappropriate emails to a woman involved in the Petraeus case. His elevation to be the next commander of NATO forces in Europe is on hold.
It appears to be a command that does not enrich the records of generals.