December 1st, 2009
08:10 PM ET
10 months ago

McChrystal weighs in on Obama's Afghanistan plan

General Stanley McChrystal.
General Stanley McChrystal.

(CNN) - Gen. Stanley McChrystal has released a statement regarding President Obama's plan forward in Afghanistan.

(Read statement after the jump)

KABUL, Afghanistan (Dec. 2) – The statement of General Stanley McChrystal, Commander NATO International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan regarding the address by The President of the United States:

"The Afghanistan-Pakistan review led by the President has provided me with a clear military mission and the resources to accomplish our task. The clarity, commitment and resolve outlined in the President's address are critical steps toward bringing security to Afghanistan and eliminating terrorist safe havens that threaten regional and global security.

"The NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) objective is equally clear: We will work toward improved security for Afghanistan and the transfer of responsibility to Afghan security forces as rapidly as conditions allow. In the meantime, our Afghan partners need the support of Coalition forces while we grow and develop the capacity of the Afghan army and police. That will be the main focus of our campaign in the months ahead.

"The 42 other nations of the Coalition will benefit from a strengthened U.S. commitment, as success in Afghanistan must be an international, integrated civil-military effort – from our security and training capacity to the governance and economic development assistance that sustains long-term stability. The concerted commitment of the international community will prevail in bringing real change to Afghanistan - a secure and stable environment that allows for effective governance, improved economic opportunity and the freedom of every Afghan to choose how they live.

"We face many challenges in Afghanistan, but our efforts are sustained by one unassailable reality: neither the Afghan people nor the international community want Afghanistan to remain a sanctuary for terror and violence. The coalition is encouraged by President Obama's commitment and we remain resolute to empowering the Afghan people to reject the insurgency and build their own future."


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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Fitz in Texas

    General Stanley McChrystal should seriously think of retiring before Obama throws him under the bus.

    December 1, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  2. Andy, Pennsylvania

    General McChrystal is to be commended for his dedication to duty and his respect for the Commander-in-Chief. I wish him well in his efforts and trust that he and the President will do all in their power to defend the United States while maximizing the safety of our troops.

    December 1, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  3. Stev Angelenos

    Fantastic. The commander talks to the President through the press. What a PR disaster.

    December 1, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  4. MikeH

    McChrystal lied to Pat Tillman's mother on how her son died. He participated in the propaganda effort and cover-up of how Pat Tillman died to help Criminal Bush.

    McChrystal should be relieved of command, once this plan is underway, and replaced with a honest General.

    December 1, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  5. Moderate Democrat

    Sir, well spoken. I apologize for all the domestic terrorists we harbor in THIS country, AKA republicans. You good sir are respectful to the Commander in Chief, for that I salute you. I am certain some republican puke will come along and bash you for showing respect to the President. Please understand, we don't like the disgusting breed of humans, known as republicans, either. Perhaps our next mission can be to rid ourselves of those terrorists as well. Then america will truely be a great country, and safe from lunatics.

    December 1, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  6. Brenda in Detroit

    Why are we listening to this guy? HE wasn't elected.

    December 1, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  7. Donald

    McCrystal, now is time time for you to become creative. You have been given what you asked for now it's time to stop whining and deliver. You have your marching papers so MARCH!!

    December 1, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  8. released a statement regarding President Obama's plan

    anything less than 'yes sir' and he should be fired

    December 1, 2009 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |