(CNN) – After President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that he has asked Gen. David Petraeus to replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, McChrystal released the following statement.
"This morning the president accepted my resignation as commander of U.S. and NATO Coalition Forces in Afghanistan. I strongly support the president's strategy in Afghanistan and am deeply committed to our coalition forces, our partner nations and the Afghan people. It was out of respect for this commitment - and a desire to see the mission succeed - that I tendered my resignation. It has been my privilege and honor to lead our nation's finest."
Read reaction from lawmakers to President Obama's decision after the jump:
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton, D-Missouri, indicated Wednesday that he approves of President Barack Obama's decision to ask Gen. David Petraeus to take command of U.S. forces in Afghanistan:
"Gen. Petraeus is the best that we have," Skelton said in a written statement. "I have great confidence in his ability to bring about a successful outcome in Afghanistan. The Commander-in-Chief must have confidence in his commanders in the field. It is time to move on and return our focus to waging the war in Afghanistan."
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry, D-Massachusetts:
“The Commander in Chief has made it clear no one is bigger than the mission and nothing less than a unified effort in Afghanistan will get the job done. His decision to return General Petraeus to the battlefield provides not just continuity in philosophy, but tested diplomatic skill that is at the very center of a military strategy which hinges on progress in governance to sustain military gains. The strategy and the objectives must be the only agenda. That’s what really counts. American lives are on the line and America’s security interests hang in the balance. We cannot afford another minute of distraction. We’ve already seen in Marjah that impressive military gains cannot be maintained without effective local governance and Afghan ownership. This must happen to give the mission a chance to succeed.”
Sen. Kit Bond of Missouri, the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Wednesday that Gen. David Petraeus "is an outstanding military leader, but even he can't win in Afghanistan if the president continues to insist on an arbitrary withdrawal date - a fact our enemies our counting on and our allies fear."