Top US general Stanley McChrystal Warns ‘Failure’ in Afghanistan Without More Troops

September 21, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Army General Stanley McChrystal, the senior U.S. commander in Afghanistan, says in a confidential assessment of the war that without additional forces and a new strategy, the mission “will likely result in failure”.

The assessment is contained in a 66-page document, an unclassified version of which was obtained by The Washington Post and published on its website on Monday. While some parts of the report have been removed at the request of the United States Government, General McChrystal’s spokesman in Kabul confirmed it was genuine.

Below are some of the main points included in the assessment.

  • “Failure to gain the initiative and reverse insurgent momentum in the near-term (next 12 months) — while Afghan security capacity matures — risks an outcome where defeating the insurgency is no longer possible.”
  • “We face not only a resilient and growing insurgency; there is also a crisis of confidence among Afghans – in both their government and the international community – that undermines our credibility and emboldens the insurgents.”
  • “Additional resources are required, but focusing on force or resource requirements misses the point entirely. The key take away from this assessment is the urgent need for a significant change to our strategy and the way that we think and operate.”   (On this point, which I think is key, McChrystal says what is also needed is a new strategy that is credible and sustainable for ordinary Afghans. Instead of concentrating on “seizing terrain” and “destroying” insurgents, the objective must be gaining the support of the population)

General McChrystal has already drawn up his request for more troops, which some officials expect will include roughly 30,000 new combat troops and trainers, but he has yet to submit it to Washington for consideration. The United States now has about 62,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, with NATO and other allies contributing about 35,000 more. The Pentagon is planning to add 6,000 troops by year’s end anyway, but McChrystal’s request for more troops will now have to be considered.  Opinion polls show Americans are turning against the nearly eight-year-old war.


5 Responses to “Top US general Stanley McChrystal Warns ‘Failure’ in Afghanistan Without More Troops”

  1. Constant Gina on September 21st, 2009 9:42 am

    I dont think the question is “can” Obama say no as much as its “will” Obama say no.

  2. Henry on September 21st, 2009 1:15 pm

    It’s my opinion that if there is to be anything close to what the West might call success in this situation it would be had by controlling the borders. Narcotics products leaving the country generate the money and arms that surely flow into Afghanistan. The road net is the transport route for anyone crossing the border with fight in them. What would seem to you to be an equitable manner in changing from the cultivation of the Opium Poppy in the area?
    Hank, Near the Edge, Florida

  3. lucie lanes on September 21st, 2009 9:48 pm

    I don’t know, can he say no to General McChrystal? If he needs to say no, I hope he does, but if he says yes, I hope he does what he needs to for the continued protection of our country and the USA.

  4. Anna Langella on September 22nd, 2009 11:39 am

    You can be sure this delay will put more of our troops in harms way! UGH.

  5. ace on September 23rd, 2009 7:55 am

    Why doesn’t McChrystal resign NOW. Same applies to EVERYONE in the military. Every single soldier in the military NEEDS to resign. These soldiers need to say NO to giving citizens the poison [soul condemning] swine flu shots and say NO to the NWO fags.

    If people would just seriously WAKE THE HELL UP NOW, the NWO can be DEFEATED. There is STRENGTH in numbers.

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