June 23rd, 2010
03:31 PM ET

P.M. Security Brief

President Obama’s announcement that General Stanley McChrystal had resigned as Commander of ISAF and would be replaced by General David Petraeus brought a swift response from both U.S. allies and Capitol Hill.

The Afghan government was swift to applaud the appointment as providing continuity.

'General McChrystal and General Petreaus are from one group, they were part of implementing the recent strategy so we believe the mission will continue without fault' said General Mohammad Zahir Azimi, Spokesman for the Afghan Defense Ministry

‘Of all the choices that could have been made, we are happy to hear it is Petreaus who will continue the mission,” he said.

That sentiment was echoed by the NATO Secretary-General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who said in a statement that the approach General McChrystal helped put in place is the right one.  “The strategy continues to have NATO's support, and our forces will continue to carry it out,” Rasmussen said.

President Obama’s allies in Congress were also quick to praise General Petraeus’ appointment. Senator John Kerry (D-Massachusetts), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said pointedly that Petraeus would provide “tested diplomatic skill that is at the very center of a military strategy which hinges on progress in governance to sustain military gains.”

Kerry also made significant reference to the Marjah operation, where an allied offensive in February drove the Taliban out – only for the insurgents to slip back into the area, planting IEDs and intimidating the local population.   “We’ve already seen in Marjah that impressive military gains cannot be maintained without effective local governance and Afghan ownership,” Kerry said.

One Republican took that skepticism a big step further. Senator Kit Bond (R-Missouri), who serves on the Intelligence Committee said of Petraeus: “Even he can't win in Afghanistan if the president continues to insist on an arbitrary withdrawal date - a fact our enemies our counting on and our allies fear."

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  1. connie hawatmeh

    I honestly think Mr. Obama did the wrong thing in the middle of this war. But this does not suprise me he wants to shove health reform, not help Arizona and not to mention the Guof.
    I do not lie what I am seeing he has no experience at all.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. connie hawatmeh

    Not the right thing to do right now in the middle of this WAR!!!!!
    Health Reform, Arizona needs help and look at the Gulf!

    June 23, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Perry69

    The good Gen. McChrystal had to go. If a three star general, under McChrystal's command,had said those words about him. BYE! BYE! Go home, retire, move-on or what ever. Just get out! You don't work for me anymore because I don't trust you.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. connie hawatmeh

    I do not trust OBAMA!

    June 23, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Perry69

    Dear connie, You are living in the PASS! Yes the PASS!!!

    June 23, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. James

    I agree with you Connie

    June 23, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Allen

    I would like the President to get off his freaking ass, quit worrying about words in a magazine with a stonehead history and deal with the real disaster, that in the Gulf of Mexico on OUR shores.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Quentin

    I agree with the presidents decision. Any of us who have jobs would have been terminated if we talked about our upper management in the way the general and his staff did. General Petraeus will be more then able to deal with this war. I do feel that the administration is wrong though in maintaing this war.

    June 23, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. GeorgeM

    Anyone want to bet they don't let the General retire until dec 2012?
    Un-Official Rules:

    (1) Never trust a politician.
    (2) Ambassodors are politicians.
    (3) Presidents are politicans. (even 3rd world country presidents)
    (4) When someone attempts to use you as a patsy, stop playing the game. (take your marbles and go home)
    (5) Time is on the side of truth.

    I smell a rat in Denmark!

    June 23, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. evan Mark

    Please people learn about how horrible it was for good Afghans living under the Taliban:
    You absolutely MUST see this.

    August 12, 2010 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |