Lt. Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the former Special Operations chief who is President Obama’s new choice to lead the war in Afghanistan, rose to military prominence because of his single-minded success in a narrow but critical mission: manhunting.
There seems to be a lot of confusion over this.
“People will ask, what message are we sending when our high-value-target hunter is sent to lead in Afghanistan?” said a senior military officer at the Pentagon, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.
I hope the message is “if you’re a high value target your days might be numbered.”
Sure, there’s a lot more to this all than just killing bad guys. But killing bad guys, particularly the upper management, is a key to making the other approaches work.