By Anna Mulrine, Washington Whispers
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has "gone down a few notches" in the eyes of some military officials as a result of his recent firing of top U.S. Army Gen. David McKiernan, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. McKiernan was notified he would be let go just days before his scheduled home leave in April. Though his replacement, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, has a stellar reputation among his military compatriots, the manner in which McKiernan was dismissed by Pentagon leadership left a bitter taste in some mouths. "If you want to replace the guy, OK, but the way they went about it took Gates down" in the eyes of many in the military, says one senior officer. "The entire Army gasped at how rude" the process was, he adds.
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