KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan President Hamid Karzai gave a strong endorsement Tuesday to embattled Gen. Stanley McChrystal, describing him as the "best commander" of the war and expressing hope that he keeps his job despite a magazine profile replete with derogatory comments about President Barack Obama and members of the U.S. national strategy team.
McChrystal also received a vote of confidence from the secretary-general of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who appeared concerned over the impact of a possible change of command at a time of rising casualties and faltering political support within allied capitals.
"The Rolling Stone article is rather unfortunate, but it is just an article," the alliance said in a statement issued in Brussels, Belgium. "We are in the middle of a very real conflict, and the secretary general has full confidence in Gen. McChrystal as the NATO commander, and in his strategy."
"He is the first good thing to happen to Afghanistan," said Karzai's half brother Ahmad Wali Karzai, considered the most powerful figure in Kandahar. "He is active. He is honest. He does a good job, a lot of positive things have happened since he has come."
Ghulam Dasdagar Azad, the governor of Nimroz province in western Afghanistan, praised McChrystal for his efforts to reduce civilian casualties.
"Airstrikes were reduced and he has very good cooperation with the Afghan troops," Azad said Tuesday. "My request is for the Obama administration to keep him. This is my message."
Those sentiments were echoed by Mohammad Akbari, a member of parliament from Bamiyan province and a leader of the Hazara ethnic minority in Afghanistan.
"He is active and is a good person. He has good experience," Akbari said. "For the current situation, he is good."
Originally posted by DrJay1975
Yes Obama has done a terrible job with the war. Yes the general disagreed with Obama and didn't get a lot of things he needed. If you can't follow orders in good concious, you resign your post. You don't pull the crap he did with Rolling stone. You don't badmouth the CIC during wartime if you are the Commanding Officer in charge of the conflict, or in the military period. He should have resigned his post. And he ought to know better than to do what he did.
Obama should remove him from command. Obama has no business commanding the military but lets hope he doesn't screw this up. MyChrystal is a brilliant CO, he's a leader of men and an excellent military strategist. But once he figured out how badly he was hancuffed by Obama, he should have stepped down.
What makes me sick to my stomach is war.
Does this not make you SICK to your stomach?
Originally posted by SpartanKingLeonidas
reply to post by Doc Velocity
The only reason General Stanley McChrystal is being torn apart is he is trying to fight a war which cannot be fought and he spoke his mind.