September 28th, 2009
01:00 PM ET
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U.S. must win Afghan hearts and minds, commander says

Gen. Stanley McChrystal says the U.S. will fail in Afghanistan without more troops.
Gen. Stanley McChrystal says the U.S. will fail in Afghanistan without more troops.

(CNN) - The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan wants more troops and a new strategy - but most importantly, he wants to win the battle for the hearts and the minds of the people in the war-torn country.

"What I'm really telling people is the greatest risk we can accept is to lose the support of the people here," Gen. Stanley McChrystal told CBS's "60 Minutes" in an interview aired Sunday night.

"If the people are against us, we cannot be successful. If the people view us as occupiers and the enemy, we can't be successful and our casualties will go up dramatically."

McChrystal is expected to send his request any day for more resources to combat the insurgency in Afghanistan, according to a senior U.S. defense official familiar with the situation.

Earlier this month, McChrystal warned that more troops are needed there within the next year, or the nearly 8-year-old war "will likely result in failure," according to a copy of the report obtained by The Washington Post.

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  1. Sue

    Obama doesn't want to make any hard decisions, he is too busy campaigning for the Olympics. He doesn't even know anything about ACORN, too busy to worry about millions of our dollars. So much for that line by line elimination of waste he promised. Let's just hope he doesn't "think" about sending more troops for too long before doing what is needed to finish the job over there.

    September 28, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  2. Darlene Hagen

    Don't be misled by the photo showing for this item. That's neither Gen McChristal nor Obama on the battlefield...

    September 28, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. Mississippi Miss

    This administration brings the art of 'mealy-mouthing', to a whole new level. With them it is an art form, (possibly paid for by art endowments
    from the stimulus package). Such creativity in phrasing the liberal premises upon which to build a milk-sop strategy, is awe inspiring.

    We see no 'shock-and-awe'... only 'talk-and-crawl'.

    Hope we can get out of the quick-sand in 2010.

    September 28, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. cedgar

    This is what you get with you elected a person with NO leadership
    skills!
    We have a President that thinks it is more important to make a personal pitch for the stupid Olympics, while we have our service man and woman
    pushed to the side!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I CAN NOT WAIT UNTIL THIS PRESIDENT IS OUT OF OFFICE IN 2013

    September 28, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. unshrub

    If Bush would have spent 10% of what he spent on the Iraq war on building schools, hospitals, and roads in Afghanistan instead of going into Iraq we would have won the war on terror. Why don't republicans stand up and take the blame for the mess we have in Afghanistan? Instead they are already trying to blame Obama.

    September 28, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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