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Report: Gen. urges more Afghanistan troops

September 21, 2009

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— Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, said in a confidential report that without additional forces, the war against insurgents there will end in failure, The Washington Post reported today.

McChrystal’s grim assessment of the war was published on the Post’s Web site, with some portions withheld at the government’s request.

“Although considerable effort and sacrifice have resulted in some progress, many indicators suggest the overall effort is deteriorating,” McChrystal wrote in his summary.

The report was sent to Defense Secretary Robert Gates in August and is now under review by President Barack Obama, who is trying to decide whether to send more U.S. troops to Afghanistan.

Comments

unsavoryagent 4 years, 6 months ago

  1. What makes you think McChrystal, an Obama selection, leaked the report?

  2. You say "Gates (Bush's Guy) needs to take charge here!!!"

  3. History has shown McArthur won that one.

  4. "A thorough review of the entire Afghan situation is needed before any futher committment is made." You mean like: "Good morning. Today, I am announcing a comprehensive, new strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan. This marks the conclusion of a careful policy review that I ordered as soon as I took office."

Wait, that was a "Careful Policy Review" You want a "Thorough Review"

Completely different.

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blindrabbit 4 years, 7 months ago

Boris: Yep, 5 years active duty, extended, made E-6, Viet Vet. Regardless, what in my previous post was not accurate.

Please share your war stories.

UCMJ is pretty clear about these issues.

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Boris 4 years, 7 months ago

I find it hard to believe that you were ever in the military at all! If you were, did you actually survive an entire enlistment without being chaptered out?

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blindrabbit 4 years, 7 months ago

Boy i can't wait for the Obama haters to question his authority to review McChrystals request. Bush's negligent screw-up in Afghanistan was left for the next President to resolve this mess.. A thorough review of the entire Afghan situation is needed before any futher committment is made.

Interestingly, how does a recently appointed hot-shot 4-Star General have the authority to jump his chain-of-command to air such troop and fiscal increases. His motive is obvious; he is twisting the media and warmongers to press his case. He is subordinate to the following: Gen Petraeus, the Head of Joint Chiefs, the Secretary of Defense, and the President. When I served in the military, such a venting without proper C-of-C authority would result in a case of insubordination. Gates needs to take charge here!!!

Seems like one General McArthur tried this with Truman in Korea; guess who won that.

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