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PosOnderwerp: President Axes General Over Magazine Article    Thu Jun 24, 2010 7:58 am


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10:33pm UK, Wednesday June 23, 2010

Alex Watts and Julia Reid, Sky News Online
President Obama has sacked his top US commander in Afghanistan, saying he will not tolerate division within his team.





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General Stanley McChrystal offered his resignation after criticising Mr Obama and his administration in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine.

He will be replaced by 57-year-old General David Petraeus, the head of US Central Command, who will oversee military action in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
President Obama said he had accepted General McChrystal's resignation with regret.
"I don't make this decision based on any difference in policy with Gen McChrystal, nor do I make this decision out of any sense of personal insult," he said.
"I've got great admiration for him and for his long service in uniform over the last nine years. He has earned a reputation as one of our nation's finest soldiers.
"But war is bigger than any one man or woman whether a Private, a General or a President.
"The conduct represented in the recently published article does not meet the standard that should be set by a commanding General.
"It erodes the trust that is necessary for our team to work together to achieve our objectives in Afghanistan.


<BLOCKQUOTE>
McChrystal is the one American in Afghanistan that President Karzai listens to. He’s also the architect of the surge strategy, and is credited with re-energising the whole war effort. Getting rid of him in the middle of the surge could damage the strategy.</BLOCKQUOTE>Read Tim Marshall's blog on Karzai's intervention



"This decision is necessary to hold ourselves accountable to standards that are at the core of our democracy.
"Now is the time for all of us to come together. I welcome debate among my team but I won't tolerate division.
"It saddens me to lose the service of a soldier who I have come to respect and admire."
In a statement, Gen McChrystal said he had resigned out of a desire to "see the mission succeed".
"It has been my privilege and honour to lead our nation's finest," he added.
Gen McChrystal told Rolling Stone he felt "disappointment" after his initial one-to-one meeting with the President last year, but issued a swift apology after recognising his mistake.
He said: "I extend my sincerest apology for this profile. It was a mistake reflecting poor judgement and should never have happened."



General McChrystal and President Obama had a one-on-one meeting last year


David Cameron insisted the UK's commitment to the Nato military campaign in Afghanistan was "undiminished" tonight despite the sacking.
Nato's British deputy commander in Afghanistan, Lt Gen Nick Parker, will take charge temporarily until the appointment of US Gen David Petraeus is cleared by Congress.
Afghan president Hamid Karzai urged President Obama not to sack Gen McChrystal, stressing the need for stability.
His spokesman said: "We hope there is not a change of leadership of the international forces here in Afghanistan and that we continue to partner with Gen McChrystal."
He later said he respected the President's decision to dismiss the General and that he was looking forward to working with Gen Petraeus.
Sky News' US correspondent Robert Nisbet said Mr Obama took the opportunity to spell out to the American public why troops are in Afghanistan.
"All the news coming out of Afghanistan looks pretty bad to Americans and this was a chance to press the reset button.
"It is interesting that it is David Petraeus, there is a sense of continuity here."
Speaking to Sky News' Anna Jones on Jeff Randall Live, Democratic congressmen and former presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich said that having a new General but and old strategy would be a challenge.
"Counter insurgency is a failed strategy," he said. "Occupations fuel insurgencies, counterinsurgency has not worked.
"We really should be thinking seriously about getting out of Afghanistan. That's what I advocate - a withdrawal - and it's time that we brought our troops home and ended this war."
The Rolling Stone article portrays a split between the US military and Mr Obama's advisers at a sensitive time for the Pentagon, which is fending off criticism of its strategy to turn around the war in Afghanistan.



Gen McChrystal has said he regrets his interviews with Rolling Stone


It quotes a member of Gen McChrystal's team making jokes about Vice President Joe Biden, who was seen as critical of the General's efforts to escalate the conflict.
"Biden?" the aide was quoted as saying. "Did you say: Bite me?"
Gen McChrystal also appears to accuse Karl Eikenberry, the US ambassador to Kabul, of trying to protect himself from possible future criticism in the eight-page article.
"I like Karl, I've known him for years, but they'd never said anything like that to us before," Gen McChrystal told the magazine. "Here's one that covers his flank for the history books. Now if we fail, they can say, 'I told you so'."












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PosOnderwerp: US Army closes German bases   Thu Jun 24, 2010 8:12 am

2010-06-23 23:22

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Berlin - The US Army said on Wednesday it would close almost all its sites in two German cities, Heidelberg and Mannheim, where it has maintained bases since 1945.
Many of the affected units are to move to another German city, Wiesbaden.
Among the units set to move is US Army Headquarters Europe, called Usareur, at Campbell Barracks in Heidelberg. It will relocate to Wiesbaden in the period 2012 to 2014.
The realignment was announced in Washington by the US Defence Department, with the army adding further details in a German news release.
The barracks and other units, which are home to 6 500 US military personnel as well as their dependants, ensure jobs for many Germans, who are either directly employed by the army or work for suppliers of services.
The statement said the only Army facilities left in the Heidelberg-Mannheim region after 2015 would be a radio relay facility, an army depot and a shopping centre.
The US Army obtained many of its existing sites in south-western Germany after invading to topple the Nazis in 1945 and setting up a US zone of occupation. Later, the bases served the interests of Nato.
A spokesperson said 2 000 of the personnel would move to Wiesbaden, which is west of Frankfurt and already has army installations.

The army said the relocations meant a net withdrawal from Germany of 1 446 US soldiers, 1 505 US civilian staff and 4 427 dependants.
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PosOnderwerp: Re: President Axes General Over Magazine Article    Thu Jun 24, 2010 8:18 am

Hierdie moet vein dop gehou wor Obama is besig met n onderduimse plan. Vroer die jaar was daar ook ontwikkelinge binne die USA. En ook n sensis wat wou weet of troepe op Amerikaanse burgers sou skiet in tye van sifiele oorlog.

Iets is definitief aan die gang en ons kan maar net hoop ons vind uit voor die tyd.

Groot spelers is aan die gang Daar is ook n groot hoeveelhede in kontrakte wat oorlog voering aankooping betref. Ons praat hier van Biljoene. Rusland is ook bedryfig in die proses om sy hele lugmag te vervang en ook weer te praat met al die ou USSR state vir same werking of ooreenkomste.

Terselfdetyd probeer hulle stil die USA teenwoordigheid verminder en kontrate word nie hernu vir bestaande basise nie.
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