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Chat with David Cloud about Gens. McChrystal and Petraeus

Times national security reporter David Cloud will be chatting with readers at 11 a.m. Thursday about the change in leadership in the Afghanistan war.

Cloud, who wrote a news analysis about the future of Gen. Stanley McChrystal for Wednesday's Times, is the co-author of a book on Gen. David Petraeus and the other three generals who have served in Iraq.

 
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Has anyone in the media considered the possibility that General McChrystal knew exactly what he was doing during the Rolling Stone interview, but felt compelled to make his statement, knowing the consequences would be his loss of job and the end of his career?

Had he retired and then wanted to say these things, they likely would have fallen on deaf -- or un-listening ears.

Just something to think about.


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