The very latest news from General McChrystal is that we have thousands of troops in Afghanistan to get, now hold on, to get bin Laden! Since McChrystal is a General he wouldn’t be lying to us because everyone knows Generals are made from sterling silver.
The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Wednesday that it remains the goal of U.S. troops to capture Osama bin Laden alive and "bring him to justice."
A different McChrystal said we are in Afghanistan to fight insurgents.
“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,” General McChrystal writes.
A copy of the assessment, with some operational details removed at the Pentagon’s request to avoid compromising future operations, was posted on The Post’s Web site.
In his five-page commander’s summary, General McChrystal ends on a cautiously optimistic note: “While the situation is serious, success is still achievable.”
But throughout the document, General McChrystal warns that unless he is provided more forces and a robust counterinsurgency strategy, the war in Afghanistan is most likely lost.
Here we have yet another McChrystal talking to someone named Frank and this McChrystal says we’re in Afghanistan to protect the Afghans.
Flying over terrain that has defeated invaders from the British to the Soviets, McChrystal knows he has to do more than just fine tune a strategy that after eight years of war appears on the brink of failure.
So he has issued a new directive on counterinsurgency operations, telling his troops in writing: "We must change the way we think, act and operate."
Protecting the Afghan people - many of them living in impoverished villages - is now more important than killing the enemy, even if that means taking more risks.
So we are in Afghanistan to capture bin Laden who likely left years ago and to protect Afghans by killing the Taliban who are…Afghans. I guess we’re all supposed to be stupid or something. Gosh, I just can’t figger this out. It’s just so complicated I wish I was a General too so I could be as smart as McChrystal.