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The exit of Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal from his post as top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is shifting the dynamics within President Obama's war council. Although Obama and his advisers say the strategy remains the same, the nomination of Gen. David H. Petraeus to the post places a more formidable figure at the helm of the war effort. His return to prominence could strengthen some players and leave others weaker. If there was one clear winner in Wednesday's shakeup, it may have been someone who had nothing to do with the war effort: Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. He was in a Capitol Hill hot seat Tuesday to answer questions about the BP oil spill. For once, hardly anyone noticed. -- Anne E. Kornblut

The exit of Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal from his post as top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is shifting the dynamics within President Obama's war council. Although Obama and his advisers say the strategy remains the same, the nomination of Gen. David H. Petraeus to the post places a more formidable figure at the helm of the war effort. His return to prominence could strengthen some players and leave others weaker.  Anne E. Kornblut

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Article | Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, who was sacked Wednesday by President Obama for comments denigrating his civilian bosses, will be recalled inside the military as an intense, highly effective soldier and an object lesson in the need to honor civilian control of the military.

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