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McChrystal Denies Rift, Says He's Not Quitting

General will not resign, even if his requests are not honored
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2009 4:52 PM CDT
McChrystal Denies Rift, Says He's Not Quitting
U.S Gen. Stanley McChrystal, left, and U.S. Rear Admiral Gregory J. Smith, center, surrounded by by Afghan and German soldiers.   (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

(Newser) – General McChrystal says his bleak assessment of the US effort in Afghanistan has not created any ill will between him and the Obama administration, and he welcomed the national debate over the mission. In an interview with the New York Times, McChrystal also denied rumors that he will resign he doesn't get more troops. His specific request for them is expected to be submitted this week.

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“I believe success is achievable,” McChrystal said. “I can tell you unequivocally that I have not considered resigning at all.” The blunt tone employed in his assessment, which repeatedly warns of failure if the US effort is not strengthened, is all part of a healthy political process, McChrystal said. “A policy debate is warranted. We should not have any ambiguities, as a nation or a coalition.”
(Read more Afghanistan stories.)

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