December 9th, 2009
11:49 AM ET
6 years ago

Petraeus: Violence will ratchet up in Afghanistan as troops arrive

The Pentagon announced Monday that Marines from Camp Lejeune will be heading to Afghanistan later this month.

The Pentagon announced Monday that Marines from Camp Lejeune will be heading to Afghanistan later this month.

Washington (CNN) - Coalition forces can attain "success" in Afghanistan, but violence will likely increase as the approved troop surge moves forward in stabilizing the war-torn country, a top U.S. commander told a Senate committee Wednesday.

Gen. David Petraeus, head of U.S. Central Command, predicted increased violence in spring 2010 and turmoil within the Afghan government as corruption is rooted out. Despite that, he told the Senate Finance Committee that "success" is within reach but will be difficult to attain.

Petraeus' appearance before legislators was the latest by top U.S.  officials on Capitol Hill this week. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, testified before the Senate and House counterparts of the Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, joined by Karl Eikenberry, the U.S.
ambassador in Kabul.

They were called to testify about President Barack Obama's new plan for the Afghan war, which involves the deployment of another 30,000 U.S. troops and a July 2011 date for the beginning of an American withdrawal.

Filed under: Afghanistan • David Petraeus
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. sensible cape Coral Fl

    Every war is an expression of failure.

    December 9, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. Aunt Bea and Opie

    But look on the bright side,it will help the economy and make some people a fortune.So we lose more Americans on the battlefield,they are expendable and we have plenty that need a job in the Army.

    December 9, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  3. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    It would be nice if we had a President with the courage, experience and integrity to stand up to these warmongers. Alas, we have a lightweight Harvard lawyer who is too much of a pantywaist to achieve most of his pie-in-the-campaign-sky feel-good agenda.

    December 9, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. George Bush - Worst President Ever

    We are going to increase the number of troops, fight more battles, and casualties are going to go up. Duh.

    December 9, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. bill

    Things are falling apart in Iraq despite the "success" of the troop surge there. But that's old news.
    Nothing good will come of our staying in Afghanistan. Why waste our men and women defending a totally corrupt regime? This is all about the egos of the generals and politicians. Bring our guys home. That wasteland isn't worth one more casualty. And let Pakistan deal with the fallout-they deserve it.

    December 9, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. FAYE, NV

    Obama did not get us into this war, the blame will in my opinion will alway be Dick/Bush. Yes President Obama will have to make decision about the stupid war those two started. Sending more troops to end what Dick/Bush begin is a lot.

    President Obama is attempting to end this damage that was done to the USA citizen by eight years of Bush. This will take bold steps and excellent planning. So to say this war and the economy is Obama's fault is dead wrong. I will never in my life blame him for what the Repug have done to this country.

    December 9, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. B

    Cleaning up Bush’s Wars is job that could cost us all in lives and money that we do not have to throw away!

    December 9, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. shoegazer

    "Success is within reach but will be difficult to attain".....the first part of this statement is complete hogwash and the second part only has to
    be put into historical context.

    December 9, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. Chuck in CSG

    Support and Pray for our Troops!

    December 9, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  10. Dutch/BadNewz, VA

    I believe by the end of 2010, the U.S. would have taken back Helmand Province from the Taliban. There will be alot of fighting next year. I hope it's enough time to keep Afghan Security forces trained so that they will be able to hold down any territory gained by the U.S.

    December 9, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  11. david

    osama obama is killing more american soldiers then hitler did ,,,,i told my son if he joined obama army i would dis own him......this so called president is nothing,,,i wouldn't even slow down for him in a cross walk...

    December 9, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. jeff

    Will somebody put this criminal in prison where he belongs??

    December 9, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    Wait, I thought sending umpteen-thousand more troops was supposed to reduce the number of troop know, since all the GOPers could do is scream that "our troops are dying over can he not send more of them??" for three months while Obama carefully deliberated the best course of action.

    Sending 30,000 troops into danger might result in more violence and troop death? Who'd a thunk?

    December 9, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. linda

    Petraeus and all the other military commanders – keep preaching for more war to help your corporate buddies continue profiting, and US taxpayers continue to bleed to pay for these two wars that Bush
    and Cheney lied and lied and lied and lied about.

    Petraeus is a large part of the problem – go away – move to Texas and live next to your good friend George Bush.

    You are a loud-mouthed hawk, and quite irrelevent.

    MoveOn was right – Petraeus and the rest of his ilk are as corrupt as Bush and Cheney.

    December 9, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  15. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    If I were eligible to serve with these brave men and women, I would. I understand the call of duty, my family served during the Vietnam war. But we must take care of our troops upon return. God Bless all of them.

    December 9, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  16. ej in Tacoma

    Although no one wants to see the war escalate in Afghanistan it is imperative we support our young men and women over there in that region. We must not let them down the President has called for a surge we pray for a swift end to this war over there so our people can come home.
    E.J. in Tacoma

    December 9, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  17. Kris

    Well, its shocking that Dick Chaney made this comment since his corrupt administration is the reason that the GOP lost the farm in the first place. Why is this man and everyone connected with him not in prison?

    December 9, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  18. Junior

    Isn't the July 2011 withdrawal of U.S. troops planned for Iraq, not Afghanistan?

    December 9, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  19. james Miller

    We`ll get out of Afganistan the same way we " withdrew" from Vietnam-- under a hail of bullets with our tail between our legs.

    December 9, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. david, CA

    Are you sure General? cuz the consensus among the FOX idiots is that the Taliban will just lay low for the next 18 months.

    December 9, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. mjm

    VERY GOOD NEWS – don't forget to serve your old masters!!

    I liked what Dick Cheney said on Fox earlier – GOP is going to win in 2010 and Palin in 2012.

    Doom this administration and this nation.. I'd like the country to FAIL in every aspect (in Afghanistan, Economy, Jobs etc) so GOP can win – I am having gr8 fun like Cheney and the rest of us in GOP here are Hurray!!!

    December 9, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  22. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Gen. David Petraeus, head of U.S. Central Command, predicted increased violence in spring 2010 and turmoil within the Afghan government as corruption is rooted out.

    This is expected by people!

    December 9, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  23. mark ginsburg

    What nonsense. We don't belong there.

    Well, we belong there as much as the Soviets in the 1980s, which is to say not at all.

    The Afghans have centuries of tradition killing occupiers – and why shouldn't they. US out of Afghanistan.

    Stop our ridiculous "nation building" exercise – puppet democracies don't work in Iraq or Afghanistan, why do we insist on trying to install them at the great cost of US lives?

    December 9, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    Violence will rachet up, we will send more troops, we want to leave when the local folks can handle the situation, people will die.

    Is this Bush or Obama speaking? I cannot tell any more.

    December 9, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  25. James, Ho. TX

    Gen. Petraeus, get up of you Can; Walk the Talk. this way you can earn a Ribbion with the others you display on Your Chest.

    December 9, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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