Taliban Cheer Sacking Of McChrystal

by Daniel Russ on June 25, 2010

Mushtaq Yusufzai


“Militant commanders followed this week’s news of Gen. McChrystal’s departure with keen interest. Mushtaq Yusufzai gets the reaction from Senior Afghan Taliban commander Sirajuddin Haqqani.

The Afghan Taliban has a saying: “Americans may own the watches. But we’ve got the time.”

As President Obama sacked Gen. Stanley McChrystal this week, replacing him with Gen. David Petraeus, Taliban commanders watched events unfold from afar, and then declared that this was yet another victory.

The change of leadership, they said, gives them even more time in their fight against U.S. forces.

Ahmadullah Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman, said that sending Gen. McChrystal home in the middle of the war, in such a inglorious way, was good news as it proved how troubled and divided the U.S. political and military leadership had become.

“Before Gen. McChrystal, many strong military generals suffered defeat,” in Afghanistan, Ahmadi said. “The Americans know that Afghanistan is the ‘graveyard of empires.’ But even so, they invaded this country.”

Senior Afghan Taliban commander, Sirajuddin Haqqani, said he and his men had been informed as soon as the story about McChrystal broke. When Haqqani heard about the disparaging comments that McChrystal had made, he knew straight away that the American commander in Afghanistan was in trouble, and would get fired.”

Source Daily Beast

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