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Cole Comments on McChrystal Resignation

June 23, 2010
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Tom Cole (OK-04) today issued the following statement after President Obama accepted the resignation of General Stanley McChrystal as commander of forces in Afghanistan:

"I have the utmost respect for General McChrystal and his distinguished career of service to our country, but his comments were ill-advised for a commander in a time of war. It is disturbing that the administration's management of the war has created an atmosphere of doubt and division among military and civilian leaders in Afghanistan. However, any criticism must be kept within the chain of command, regardless of disagreements with the White House. It is imperative that our men and women in uniform have the full, unified support of the administration, the Congress, and the American people.

"I'm pleased with the appointment of General Petraeus to lead the mission in Afghanistan. He is a brilliant commander, an accomplished diplomat, and a great patriot. Now, it is vital that the Obama administration fully commit itself to achieving victory and providing General Petraeus and our soldiers with the support needed to complete the mission in Afghanistan."