America's top commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, warned that overwhelming firepower from the United States is not the way forward in winning the Afghan war because the damage done to civilians is ultimately detrimental to our strategic goals. Interviewed by David Martin of 60 Minutes, McChrystal said he was surprised at the levels of violence in some parts of the country:
Asked if things are better or worse than he expected since his arrival a few months ago, the general replies, "They're probably a little worse. I think that in some areas that the breadth of the violence, the geographic spread of violence, is a little more than I would have gathered."
Watch an excerpt from the interview below. The full segment can be seen this Sunday on 60 Minutes.
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