McChrystal: Americans need to engage with world
Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal says the Afghan war is winnable.
January 22nd, 2011
12:18 PM ET

McChrystal: Americans need to engage with world

Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who was replaced as the leader of U.S. forces in Afghanistan last year after a damaging magazine profile, says Americans need to stay informed about world events and engage with other cultures.

"The reality is that most of us have a very limited understanding of most of the parts of the world where we're invested," McChrystal told an audience Friday in Portland, Oregon, according to The Oregonian. "We have an absolute need to build relationships at the personal level, the organizational level and the regional level."

Less than 20 percent of Americans speak a second language, while nearly of half of Europeans do, he said.

Failure to understand Afghan culture and attitudes undermined U.S. efforts to gain influence in Afghanistan after the Soviets were driven out, he said, according to the Oregonian.

While Americans expected Afghans to be grateful for U.S. backing in that fight, the Afghans felt Americans failed to appreciate their sacrifices against America's greatest rival, he said.

Despite foreign armies' long history of failure in Afghanistan, McChrystal told the audience he believes the current war is winnable.

"In reality, most wars have nobody win," McChrystal said. "What we're trying to do now is have the Afghans win the war in Afghanistan."

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  1. Mr X

    @Joel12208: With all due respect, you have no right to say who can, and who can't post. Please don't be so high and mighty either. True, Jim is not the brightest person in the world. He writes in an aggressive style. That does not make you God. If you don't like it, don't read it, sir.........@John: Ditto. Have a nice day, both of you.

    January 23, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      At least most of us don't use that filthy Tea Party lingo to show what we think like Brieske does. Out of curiosity Mr. X,why are you defending this filthy creep? Are you related to him or what?

      January 23, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim Brieske

      Mr. X. How perceptive of you. I suspect you are my imposter. I could be wrong, if so I apologize but if I am right then I say this. If you post using my name again; then, I will use all my power to get revenge.
      You haven't a clue about anything, actually.

      January 23, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Azrael

      Funny Mr.X you knock two people for saying Jim shouldn't post but say nothing about Jim telling me basically the same thing.

      January 23, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jim Brieske

    Will everybody kindly shut up? I can't think anymore!!! Gee, I didn't know anybody would attack me for my vulgar comments. I thought that was the new norm but some people don't agree,I see.

    January 23, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Azrael

      "Will everybody kindly shut up? I can't think anymore!!!"

      I'm pretty sure you've already convinced the majority of us on here, that you never were able to have any real valid thoughts any way.

      January 23, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. armchairpolitics

    Tea Party Lingo defined for those of you that don't know what John and others are refering to;
    Smaller Government and less intrusion in our lives.
    Spend the money we send you on necessities and then stop spending when you run out of our money.
    We get to see where our money is being spent.

    You get the picture.

    January 23, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      I'm talking about filthy language used by this lowlife Brieske on this page. Tea Party lingo is the second language spoken by the majority of Americans which is not in decent use,in other words,a dialect of English and is used by the Tea Party Movement and other lowlifes.

      January 23, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Well stated John,but some people just don't get it,unfortunately. I hate the language myself but some people like Brieske will post it,come what may!!!

      January 23, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. armchairpolitics

    I know exactly what you are doing and I do get that you are so socially inept that you attempt to defer vile language from an idiot to a movement that actually would remove from thier ranks someone who speaks that way. My attempt at sarcasim was obviously beyond your scope of understanding.

    January 23, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Such is to be expected from a person of obvious limitations like you. If being stupid was a virtue,you'd be a living saint!!!

      January 23, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Brieske

      armchairpolitics. Go fuk yourself. I (and me alone) have determined who would be President of the United States of America the last two terms. You are a fuking idiot and I should punish you but I understand you think it is still 1776 so I will forgive you.
      Make no mistake about it, the time you are living in is biblical.

      January 23, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Sorry John,this guy is obviously a Tea Partier from head to toe. He respects nothing nor anyone and you can't win with this lowlife! He has simply far too much hate in him. I expect another Tea Party salute from him sooner or later like he just gave armchairpolitics above!

      January 23, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Brieske

      Daniel. I don't have any hate for anyone. I am fighting with words. Your home is still standing. Is it not?
      You have not addressed the subject of my posts. You have seen me defending myself against a**holes who attack me first!
      Now either go fuk yourself, pray to God, offer me a rebuttal based my opinion of the subject OR SHUT THE FUK UP!

      January 23, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      I just want to protest to CNN that this bozo Jim Brieske is still allowed to post his blogs using his filthy language which has no place on this page. The man is totally devoid of any self respect and obviously has none whatsoever for others. If he can't blog in here without using his profanity,he should have his posts blocked. If you just read some of his posts,you would agree with me.

      January 23, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Azrael

      @Jim People who attacked you first? All I did was laugh at the idea of geography playing any real role in people being bilingual and pointed out geography had little to do with it you started calling me names. Who attacked who? Get off your woes me I'm always the victim soap box and try to have a decent discussion for once or is that totally beyond your christian mass murder preaching ways?

      January 24, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. armchairpolitics

    Odd that you do admit in your repy that the majority of Americans are Tea Party Advocates. I would have thought you would deny that fact to your last breath.

    January 23, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Frank

    I'm very appalled at CNN for letting someone like Jim Brieske post his comments on this website. His comments are completely abusive and uncalled for and something soarly needs to be done about it. It's unfair to the rest of us who don't like his choice of words! Thank you.

    January 23, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • MaryM

      I totally agree,Frank. As a woman,I'm totally appalled at having to read the filth that this Jim Brieske spews on this page and I think that CNN is negligent in letting this horrific man get away with it and what about the children who might visit this website???

      January 24, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. Markey Marshall

    Hey folks,I too noticed the extreme profanity used by this bozo Jim Brieske. As a student of psychology,I'll wager that this is a very lonely man who craves attention and will do anything to get it and that explains why he uses all this profanty and insults people on this website. The best wat to deal with him is to completely ignore him and don't respond to any of his blogs anymore and he's probably not the Tea Partier as he pretends to be,either!

    January 23, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
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