The Progressive


A project of Common Dreams

For Immediate Release



On Afghan Strategy


Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today released the
following statement after President Obama replaced NATO and U.S.
Commander in
Afghanistan General Stanley McChrystal with General David Petraeus:

"The counterinsurgency
strategy is falling apart. The
doctrine of counterinsurgency has broken down just as the chain of
command has
broken down. The Karzai Administration is broken by corruption. Our
budget is
broken. General Petraeus has served his country honorably, but we can't
a different outcome from a new general with the same old strategy. The
only way
to repair this mess is to get out of Afghanistan.

"What we have to show for
our strategy is the death of over
1,100 U.S.
soldiers and countless innocent civilians. The U.S. has not been made
safer, and
the Afghan people are left to fend for themselves between the failure of
government, and ours, to protect them.

"Bring our troops home."

Dennis Kucinich is an American politician. A U.S. Representative from Ohio from 1997 to 2013, he was also a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States in 2004 and 2008.