Skip to comments.McChrystal's plan overreaches, Kerry says
Posted on 10/26/2009 7:14:02 PM PDT by presidio9
U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal's troop request for Afghanistan overreaches and is overly fast, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., said Monday.
Kerry said three conditions -- sufficient Afghan troops, reliable local assistance and sufficient development aid -- must be met before additional troops could be deployed to the country, The Hill reported.
"I am convinced from my conversations with Gen. Stanley McChrystal that he understands the necessity of conducting a smart counterinsurgency in a limited geographic area," Kerry said in a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations. "But I believe his current plan reaches too far, too fast."
Kerry, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he may eventually support a troop surge despite his concerns.
"Under the right circumstances, if we can be confident that military efforts can be sustained and built upon, then I would support the president should he decide to send some additional troops to regain the initiative," Kerry said.
Kerry also ripped former Vice President Dick Cheney for accusing President Barack Obama of "dithering" on the troop decisions. Cheney said Obama's lack of a decision so far was endangering troops.
"After eight years of neglecting Afghanistan as vice president, Dick Cheney has now come out of retirement to criticize President Obama for taking time to examine assumptions before sending troops into war," Kerry said.
General Kerry? Was he for the Iraq surge ? No
I guess the plan isn’t “French-looking” enough to suit Kerry’s tastes.
Kerry would like to win slowly with maximum casualties if at all possible.
He was in Vietnam, you know....
Hey Kerry, blow it out your barracks bag.
You do know what I’m talking about,they had those
in Cambodia too.
God, that man makes me sick, here he is trying to
cover himself like a cat covering crap.
Get our brave troops out now. America deserves what it gets for electing these cowardly pukes.
The negotiator in Paris for the PAVN and NLF now represents the Taliban.
Mr. Kerry; do you really want 100,000 angry soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines, denied a victory, and upset with YOU?
WTF does Jean F’ing Kerry know about warfare of any kind?
Oh I forgot! He served in Vietnam and got his sorry upper class @ss evac’d eight months sooner than mine did!
So, is Kerry claiming that Gen. Stanley McChrystal is ‘failing’ some kind of ‘global test’?
Or is Kerry just being his usual ass-like self?
And I'd wager he told McCrystal just that.
I'm sure McChrystal is delighted to get the buyin of such an exalted geostrategic thinker as John F'n Kerry. What this clown would do for a living if he weren't a politician I really can't imagine. I hope it wouldn't involve sharp objects.
He served in VN, who knew?
Christmas Eve, 1968, on orders from President Nixon, deep inside Cambodia, his face blackened, his sweaty hands gripping his grenade launcher, poised to shoot himself in the ass.
And to think Christopher Reeve would have won Dancing With The Stars had John Kerry been elected President.
We're in great hands with the Kenyan Boy King and his Whiz Kids running General Motors, the Fed, the Pentagon.
He should know. He’s a professional military man...sarc/ The coward of the Navy.
I have more respect for the French then Kerry or odumbo
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