The Senate owes the American people more than a pro forma confirmation of Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, President Obama's choice to be the next United States military commander in Afghanistan. [...]
But there are other, more disturbing aspects of that record that the Senate also must consider. Special Operations task forces operated in secret, outside the normal military chain of command and with minimal legal accountability, especially during the years Donald Rumsfeld ran the Pentagon. General McChrystal's command substantially overlaps this troubled period.