General David Petraeus has been tapped by SecDef Robert Gates as the replacement for Admiral William Fallon to command CentCom:
The nomination, which must be approved by the Senate, puts Petraeus in charge of the US military's biggest challenges -- Iraq, an expanding military effort in Afghanistan, an Al-Qaeda revival in Pakistan, and challenges from Iran on various fronts.
Gates said he had recommended Petraeus, whose three-year term would extend into the next US administration, "because I'm absolutely confident that he is the best man for the job."
General Ray Odierno, Petraeus' day-to-day commander of operations during the "surge" would take over as C in C in Iraq...a great move for those familiar with this superb fighting general.
This is an interesting move,because it puts Petraeus, a man with no illusions on Iran in command of the theater directly involved with them,yet another sign that the wind may be changing.
And the Iranians may have already gotten the message, although I suspect that this new agreement with the IAEA to disclose certain aspects of their clandestine nukes program are just a device to buy some more time as the centrifuges keep spinning merrily along.
In any event, putting general Petraeus in charge of CentCom is anindication that we may finally be getting serious about confronting Iran..and that's a welcome change.