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NATO chief Petraeus to leave post by end of year: report

By Agence France-Presse
Tuesday, February 15, 2011 21:05 EDT
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LONDON – US war commander General David Petraeus will leave his post as chief of US and Nato forces in Afghanistan before the end of the year, the Times newspaper reported Wednesday.

US President Barack Obama plans to replace Petraeus, who was only appointed eight months ago, as part of a broad reorganisation of senior US officials in Afghanistan, according to the British paper.

“General Petraeus is doing a brilliant job but he’s been going virtually non-stop since 9/11 (and) he can’t do it for ever,” Geoff Morrell, the Pentagon press secretary, told the newspaper.

“This is a heck of a demanding job, he will have to be rotated out at some point,” he added.

Morrell said that Obama and Defence Secretary Robert Gates were “already thinking about that.”

As part of the restructuring, Karl Eikenberry, the US ambassador in Kabul and four other top diplomats will return home, the paper claimed.

Marc Grossman was earlier this week appointed as Obama’s special envoy to the region, and has been tasked with repairing US-Pakistani relations.

Petraeus took up his current position in June last year when Obama fired General Stanley McChrystal for making unflattering remarks during an interview.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/user/RepublicConstitution?feature=mhum TruthRegimes

    The Neo-Cons probably want to run him for President. Sickening.

  • Anonymous

    Check this one out :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElcyLLn3uXQ

    It was Congressman Massa i think spoke about Cheney wanting him as Pressident. But massa was treated as Nuts.

  • enorceht

    only 2 comments and it looks like they read the story the same way i did … betrayus for 2012

  • Anonymous

    Generals come and generals go but the war drags on!

  • Anonymous

    I see this as a positive sign because I don’t think Petraeus wants to be around when we start the withdrawal. I think President Obama really wants to start pulling us out of Afghanistan, and can’t do it with General “Perpetual War” Petraeus as his general.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Zentrails/100001475536421 Bob Zentrails

    Time for us to leave, too. We can now launch drones from our aircraft carriers using EM rail gun technology. We no longer need to launch them from Afghanistan. A lot of them are “officially” launched by Pakistanis anyway. No reason we can’t do the same when they harbor terrorists, which they will.

    The drones are the only things that are working for us over there anyway.

  • Anonymous

    Petraeus’s time is up. He was supposed to prove that the surge approach could turn things around and it hasn’t.

  • http://skulzstudios.com/ don nash

    Not even the mighty Petraeus could extract the US from the Afghaniscam quagmire. He’s probably had enough failure. Nice try Davy Gravy.(?) Besides, there’s the 2012 presidential election cycle to gear up for. Yeah, like we couldn’t see that coming…

  • Anonymous

    If elected, the congress would never have to cut a dime in defense spending. plus, he would invade iran.

  • Anonymous

    who would want that job?

    actually.. I would want that job… why not? when youve had everyone else.. why not try me? shoot everyone and let God sort it out, you know, the RIGHT God.. har har har…

    just shoot everyone… shoot em all. they love God so much, send them to him… they made us fight so many wars just for GOD.. that big man in the clouds that tells them what to do… they must be crazy.. “kill the heathen infidels” thats all they ever talk about.. JESUS IS LOVE NOW KILL THEM ALL!

  • CozmicSeer

    “General Petraeus is doing a brilliant job…” Don’t you just love all that butt kissing these people do on our dime. If it were factual, there are a lot of other terms that come to mind instead of brilliant.

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm…looks like HIS withdrawal from Afghanistan is right on fucking time, isn’t it?

  • Anonymous

    Good.

  • http://www.BaltimoreGreenCurrency.org Shrapnel

    How long before Petreus starts showing up in those “if the election were held today, who would you vote for” lists of corporate approved empty suits (& uniforms)? I’ll give it ’till Thursday.

  • Anonymous

    “Rotate” him out like a swollen can of bad meat in your pantry. He can then write a book and be as stupid as colin powell.

  • Anonymous

    This is the PERFECT opportunity to wind down operations in Afghanistan, militarily wise and have it of a CIA focused mission if they truly wish to capture Bin Laden and fight against Al Qaeda/Taliban.
    Getting our forces out of Afghanistan & saying that we’re refocusing or readjusting the mission would be great, ANYTHING to get our military out of Afghanistan, the quagmire it is and further adding to our debt.
    The president MUST seize this opportunity, let Petraues “put a plan together” and be out of Afghanistan by the end of the year, while we’re at it let’s finish cutting the forces in Iraq.
    It’s time to rebuild the military, time to make it sleeker, better run, without all the contractors doin g so much of the jobs that the military used to do for themselves in the past use part of the money savings to give the military a pay raise and the rest of the savings can go to pay off debt and save vital programs here at home.
    It’s a win/win all around and you’re not “abandoning Afghanistan” but rather “refocusing” *insert finger quote signs* the mission.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Ha ha ha! The rats are leaving the sink ship. The Empire is getting ready to come home to die, tail between its legs. Wonder if Washington has realized yet why they call Afghanistan “the Graveyard of Empires.”

  • Johnny Warbucks

    There won’t be a “pull out” of Afghanistan. There will be a burial.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    But, but, but…how about the Pipeline? How about all those minerals under their soil including oil? “We” can’t live yet. There’s much to be done there. Besides, there’s Pakistan, another blip in the radar of war.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Capture who? Fight what?

  • Anonymous

    Its the drug-runner in pajamas!

  • Anonymous

    Johnny, whatever they have to say to get out of Afghanistan, to me this “Bin Laden Chase” should’ve been a CIA mission from the get go.
    If they need to say they’re “refocusing the mission” then so be it, I don’t care so long as 99% of our troops are out of Afghanistan.
    Keep the Neocons quiet by making them think something is still going on there, get the troops home and save the money and lives that would be spent & lost in Afghanistan.
    I personally don’t want this war fought anymore and I will not disrespect the military by saying they’re coming home with their tail between their legs, they’re men & women just like you and me, they’re trying to do their job the best they can in a very difficult situation.
    Let’s save them some face, let the politicians who brought this war upon us suffer the indignaties if any are to be meted out but overall let’s just get our troops home and do it in whatever fashion we need to.
    The Petraeus resignation is the PERFECT conduit/bridge for an Afghan withdrawl.

  • Anonymous

    “General Petraeus is doing a brilliant job but he’s been going virtually non-stop since 9/11 (and) he can’t do it for ever,”

    FOREVER? I guess that pentagon press secy told us what the plans are for Afghanistan, now hasn’t he?

  • Anonymous

    The problem with empires is that they come uninvited, without cause, piss on your carpet and say, “What me worried?”

  • Anonymous

    Ha ha ha, they want to get him out before Rolling Stone gets to him too.

    Petraeus told you like it is, didn’t he Obama. Karzai is teaming with the Taliban, the farmers are teaming with the Taliban as you burn their poppy fields and Bin Laden ain’t there.

    Can’t have a general telling you stop the war can you. You need those republican votes and that would make you a Democrat.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IPV6LRYFLBF6AYBLXYMS6L3XGQ chris

    I guess the troops can be there forever though. The Military is like the U.S. Fuck the little guy

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IPV6LRYFLBF6AYBLXYMS6L3XGQ chris

    You’re going to have to go to the land of 72 virgins to find Bin Ladin

  • Johnny Warbucks

    The “Land of the 72 Virgins”? Where would that be? Alabama or Washington, DC?

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Sure, keep pumping borrowed money from China into the sinkhole. The more the better. The sooner it will all be over.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    This one’s past its expiration date. Time to start preparing for the funeral.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3SNQR5PKFPUBZLRDX47HIUBGFA Martha

    Wonderful, we have had enough of betrayus.

  • cosliberal

    Probably plans to run against Obama as a Teahadist Rethuglican, but he should be fired for his failed strategy and his blind insistence on the continuation of a war that was lost under his heros – Bush and Cheney!

  • cosliberal

    There are not a total of 72 virgins in either Alabama or Washington DC, to find that many virgins you have to go to someplace like New York or Massachusetts or California where they still provide decent sex ed.

  • Guest

    So, the Man Called Petraeus got his war on, convinced Obambi to blow $billions more of there, and now he’s walking away knowing it’s a lost cause.

    Sounds like a platform for higher US office.

    Gods help us all!

  • Guest

    Massa was nuts, unfortunately. But he was right on this one.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    True that. Particularly in DC, where they are all whores (no offense to honest and decent sex workers everywhere). I guess that I was thinking more about “virgins in the mind” and by that not necessarily meaning naive but stupid. As in, nothing up there. A virgin in the thought process. If you catch my drift.

  • Anonymous

    The “Iran needs to open up like Egypt” statement by Hilary Clinton : why did Raw Story disapear the story?
    & where is Raw’s report on her Marc Grossman replacement for Richard Holbrook?

  • Anonymous

    Please let this signify a winding down!

    Is there any indication that seven years of military/state-building in Afghanistan has done anything but strengthen the Taliban (and increase opium production)?

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/HF6V37D6JRZC7LATOJY2EL2IZU Manny

    The drones are our public relations nightmare and most likely why Americans will never likely be welcomed as friends in that region. Besides, the jury is still out on the “legality” of the very public and unrepentant targeted extra-judicial murder of innocents from unmanned aircraft.

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