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Top U.S. General Calls for Strategy Change in Afghanistan

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Posted on Aug 31, 2009
Obama and McChrystal
White House / Pete Souza

White House huddle: President Barack Obama meets in May with Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal in the Oval Office.

General Stanley McChrystal, the top-ranking U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, on Monday issued his highly anticipated report about the status of the conflict on that troubled front, and his assessment of the situation doesn’t fully help President Obama’s cause in ramping up America’s Afghan war effort since he took office.  —KA

BBC:

Gen McChrystal’s blunt assessment will say that the Afghan people are undergoing a crisis of confidence because the war against the Taliban has not made their lives better, says BBC North America editor Mark Mardell.

The general says the aim should be for Afghan forces to take the lead - but their army will not be ready to do that for three years and it will take much longer for the police. And he will warn that villages have to be taken from the Taliban and held, not merely taken.

Responding to Gen McChrystal’s review, Afghanistan’s deputy minister of rural rehabilitation, Wais Barmak, said Afghans should have been consulted about military strategy from the start.

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By jacob jones, September 1, 2009 at 2:13 pm Link to this comment
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I love Obama he’s the best and I don’t think no one should talk any more smack about him or else surfer the consequences of being sent to hell for eternity.

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By the worm, September 1, 2009 at 7:32 am Link to this comment

Many of us who supported Obama’s election believed he had enough sense to not
re-engage in a war that was lost eight years ago when the Bush administration
diverted troops to its Iraq misadventure.  Now, to the Bush/Obama multi-trillion
dollar bail-out of the financial industry, Obama’s give-away of carbon credits to
polluters, Obama’s lame and mostly-for-show ‘assistance’ to home owners/credit
card holders/workers, Obama’s federal subsidies and guarantees so too-big-to-
fail banks can purchased ‘failed’ smaller banks, Obama’s tepid approach to
regulation of the financial industry, can be added Obama’s mis-guided efforts to
‘win’ in Afghanistan. That Obama does not have enough sense to listen to the
people who elected him is startling.  America is worse for it. While I fear the
Republican alternatives are worse, I believe Obama’s time is limited unless he can
come to his senses and support the American people who once supported him.

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By jreed, August 31, 2009 at 6:38 pm Link to this comment
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I’m not so sure about what to think of this…torture is not my think, but sometimes it’s required to get the answers from the Enemy.

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By History Repeats Itself, August 31, 2009 at 5:38 pm Link to this comment
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Until we include Pakistan as a combat zone in order to search and destroy our
enemies, we are doomed to repeat the lessons not learned from the Vietnam war
where Laos and Cambodia were “off-limits” to U.S. forces.

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By T. Scherer, Candidate US Congress KS-03, August 31, 2009 at 5:22 pm Link to this comment
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The media has done a great of ignoring this war in Afghanistan so long, does anyone remember why there is this alleged war?

I support bringing our troops home ASAP instead of sending 6000 more troops. The voters and nonvoters here in Kansas want our troops home. 

Finally, we should ensure never again do we use National Guard troops to fight an international war. I am pretty certain the purpose of the National Guard was to protect the United States from attacks domestically—not internationally. 

Ts.

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By katrinna, August 31, 2009 at 1:59 pm Link to this comment

Afghanistan:  Obama’s Viet Nam   -  unless he seriously starts working on an(stop leaving it to other people)exit strategy and clamps down on that multi-colored robed high priest of the poppy fields, Karzai.  Stop being a law professor, Obama-BE the change you want(ed) to be when you ran for prez.

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By Mary Ann McNeely, August 31, 2009 at 1:07 pm Link to this comment

Obama’s vaunted intelligence means nothing here.  For men like him and General Darkchrystal, this is now simply a question of balls and the length of their dicks.  Obama could’ve withdrawn as soon as he assumed power.  Like the skinny Napoleons that he and Darkchrystal are, they’re going to screw the pooch until the Afghans kick us out or we effectively run out our line of credit with the banks of foreign nations.

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By ardee, August 31, 2009 at 12:54 pm Link to this comment

We would have had better achievements, better results, if the Afghans were consulted right from the beginning,” he told the BBC’s Newshour programme.

Gee, a gung ho special forces guy critical of a war effort…..and the quote above, from an Afghani official really shows the arrogance of our methods….

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By LostHills, August 31, 2009 at 12:53 pm Link to this comment

Bring the troops home now, give McCrystol an early retirement, and indict Gates and Petrayus.

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