Hot off the press, so to speak these days, here's Robert Gibbs' statement on the replacement of Gen. McKiernan, as promised in our earlier blog:


Office of the Press Secretary



May 11, 2009


Statement from Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on General McKiernan


“The President agreed with the recommendation of the Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff that the implementation of a new strategy in Afghanistan called for new military leadership. The President was grateful for and impressed by the leadership that General McKiernan demonstrated in calling for additional resources for the fight in Afghanistan.  This change of direction in Afghanistan in no way diminishes the President’s deep respect for Gen. McKiernan and his decades of public service.”