Mattis to lead Afghan fight?

Gen. James Mattis (Photo by Cpl. Zachary Dyer/Marine Corps)

Gen. James Mattis (Photo by Cpl. Zachary Dyer/Marine Corps)

Lots of speculation out there about the fate of Gen. Stanley McChrystal after his uncharacteristic display of indiscipline during interviews with Rolling Stone magazine.

At least one Washington military analyst says the job should go to Army Gen. David Petraeus, but will more likely go to Marine Gen. James N. Mattis, who just got passed over for the job of commandant and is about to step down as head of Joint Forces Command.

In a blog entry at, author and former Washington Post military writer Tom Ricks says it “may be time for a whole new team in Afghanistan” and that Mattis could be the man to head that team, despite his reputation for being even more outspoken than McChrystal just became.

What do you think?


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  1. Gen. McChrystal, after appropiate mea culpas, should be allowed to continue his command but his staff should be dismissed. If the President sees fit to fire him, Marine Gen. Mattis would be the best choice to replace him. Gen. Mattis was not named as the new Commandant and maybe because the President had other plans for him. A great Marine and a great commander, despite his reputation for being outspoken. I think he knows the boundries, after all he is a Marine…

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