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December 2nd, 2009
07:53 AM ET

Gen. Petraeus on troop surge in Afghanistan

There's mixed reaction on Capitol Hill about President Obama's decision to send another 30,000 troops to Afghanistan. But what do top military commanders think? Can the surge in troops really turn the tide of the war?

General David Petraeus, commander of U.S Central Command, was the architect of the surge strategy in Iraq. He spoke to John Roberts on American Morning Wednesday.


Filed under: Afghanistan • Military
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. chuck

    hey jim the army doesn't have five star generals anymore those days been over

    December 31, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  2. vette88

    Or do you think that by announcing the end date he is trying to get Afghanistan's PM attention: "He you have this much longer of our help. Grow your military and security forces."

    December 4, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  3. Rey

    I will have to agree with Lane, while the timeline imposed by President Obama seems to many people unrealistic, at least it provides guidance to commanders in which they came make the decisions needed for the forces to come back home.

    Lets not forget history a mission without an endstate is deem to failed or to be perceived as a failure. Vietnam is a prime example, history taught us that missions without an endstate becomes negative views of the mission.

    December 3, 2009 at 9:24 pm |
  4. pamela merhley

    begin quote:
    Drew December 2nd, 2009 7:17 pm ET

    Do you really think this is the entire strategy? If it were, why would Obama announce it on TV? That would be bad military strategy. Surely there's more to the plan than the 30,000 U.S. troops being deployed on the exact dates that were specified. Don't you think?
    end quote

    why announce it on tv? because he is an idiot. he even told them when we would start pulling them out. why not just tell them "ya'll behave this length of time then do what you want"? he doesn't know the meaning of military strategy.

    December 3, 2009 at 9:18 pm |
  5. Bob Ramos

    As a service disabled vet, I honor the General's service.

    However, General Petraeus, or any active general, should never be asked their opinion on this sort of thing. Why? As an active military officer, General Petraeus has to support his CIC. Whether or not, he agrees with the CIC. The only alternative he has is to resign and then say what he really thinks if he has a different opinion.

    December 3, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  6. Richard

    Gen. Petraeus mentions having to deal with the corrupt government in Afganistan. It should be easy...from one corrupt govt to another. the fact that there is no "configuration Management" on laws passed by congress, allowing any congressman to add earmarks to the copy of the law being passed around without any one voting on it is corrupt! Voting your own pay raise is Corrupt! Voting on and giving themselves a retirement plan that's beyond belief is corrupt! When it's time to cutback, congress should be the ones to set the example not continue to take...take...take! By configuration management means that the Law that was sent out for review/vote is the Law that gets passed...NO CHANGES! Let's get rid of the good ol' boy concept and do what's right for america.

    December 3, 2009 at 1:57 pm |
  7. FatSean

    Hey scott, Obama was talking about sending more troops to Afghanistan during the campaign. Ah the adoring press, gotta blame someone when the majority of Americans don't agree with your viewpoint. Must be the press convincing all these soft-headed Americans, not 8 years of Bush FAIL and dead soldiers.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:12 am |
  8. S. Howerton

    General Petraeus is the best in the business to handle the Iraq and Afghanistan missions. I worked directly for him when he was a young Major serving as the Brigade S-3 in Schweinfurt, Germany. His professionalism and sense of duty to our country are unparalleled

    December 3, 2009 at 9:36 am |
  9. scott in il

    I can still recall CNN running stories where this guys name was mocked as General betray us.

    Pretty ironic that Obama never acknowledged the surge being effective in Iraq but it's now it's hailed as a "Decision" by Obama and his adoring press...

    December 3, 2009 at 7:48 am |
  10. Barrcary Lane

    Gen. Petraeus gave good insight on how to gain success in Afghanistan. I do not believe that the endstate was as clear for Iraq as it is for Afghanistan. His insight provides the Soldiers with a better understanding of what needs to be done in order to come home. The war will not end with who has the most casualities but when the Afghan government can sustain itself and its people. Gen. Petraeus gave a comprehensive understanding of what needs to happen with the people, the enemy, and the government.

    Disclaimer: The views expressed are those of my own and do not reflect that of the U.S. miltiary.

    December 2, 2009 at 11:41 pm |
  11. DTMac

    Why is it that the President tolerates a MacArthur wannabe – Gen McChrystal? Instead of bombing China he wants to use US bodies in Afghanistan. When he was at JSOC he went on an ops mission as a general. For that he should have been court marshaled and had a star taken and retired. Instead he got promoted. His deception on the Pat Tillman incident should have likewise been censured. Maybe once you get out of the Point lies are OK. He claims that he is a student of history. He must have cut class on the day they taught that never in the history of the planet has democracy been imposed on a tribal environment. His interests are his and not that of the U.S. Get him out of there before he gets another thousand or so of our troops killed. Shut it down now. Let them go back to their tribal interests.

    December 2, 2009 at 8:40 pm |
  12. Drew

    Do you really think this is the entire strategy? If it were, why would Obama announce it on TV? That would be bad military strategy. Surely there's more to the plan than the 30,000 U.S. troops being deployed on the exact dates that were specified. Don't you think?

    December 2, 2009 at 7:17 pm |
  13. jim

    I wish the military would hurry up and give Petraeus a fifth star so he could stop beating the war drums. If we "surge" much more, we won't have any young men left here. I realize that military promotions are important, but how many young American lives are they worth?!!

    December 2, 2009 at 4:31 pm |