McChrystal Says More Troops Needed in Afghanistan

Warns of possible "failure" without additional resources

Monday, September 21, 2009

The commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, has cautioned Defense Secretary Robert Gates that he needs additional troops in Afghanistan by next year or the conflict will “likely result in failure.” The previously-confidential report was sent to Gates on August 30, but was just released last night. To go over the details with us is Eric Schmitt, reporter for our partner, The New York Times.

"What this report does in very stark language is lay out some of the problems and...basically gives his prescription that he needs more forces -- he doesn't say how much, that'll come in a separate document -- and he needs them soon or else the mission in Afghanistan, the eight-year mission there, will likely fail."
—Eric Schmitt, reporter for The New York Times, on Afghanistan commander Admiral McChrystal's report



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