NATO's new U.S. commander in Afghanistan vows to ensure security, development

The newly appointed commander of the U.S. and NATO-led peacekeeping forces in Afghanistan General Stanley A. McChrystal has vowed to accelerate security and development in the war-torn country, a statement of the alliance released here Monday said.

The general, according to the statement, has noted that, "the measure of effectiveness will not be (the number of) enemy killed, it will be the number of Afghans shielded from violence."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to General Stanley A. McChrystal: just how, sir, do you intend to accomplish this?!?

More no-bid reconstruction projects, like those in Iraq which (if they were ever built at all) fell apart at the seams when you sneezed at them?

With a government in Kabul so crooked and transparently corrupt that the Afghans believe government members screw their socks on in the morning?

With a total troop strength of only 70,000 military personnel in Afghanistan (plus the hired mercenaries), when the old Soviet Union couldn't pacify this country with 500,000 pairs of boots on the ground?

Without basic aid services, food and shelter, going to the poorest of the poor?

General, if this is the best we can do to protect Afghans from violence, we'd better leave, right the heck now.

Of course, the issue has never been that of the safety of Afghan citizens; it has been to get the country stable enough to lay the pipelines the large oil companies want to have in place in Afghanistan.

To say otherwise is intellectually dishonest in the extreme, sir, and a gross insult to the American people who ultimately pay your salary.

And for American taxpayers with a brain, the logical conclusion here is that the only people "winning" in Afghanistan right now are the arms dealers and the drug dealers.

That is completely unacceptable!

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