Update on the war in Afghanistan
Gen. Ray Odierno weighs in
- Duration 3:48
- Date Oct 8, 2012
Gen. Ray Odierno weighs in
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A disturbing new trend in the Afghani war insider attacks more than fifty service members have been killed just this year from Afghan soldiers turning on coalition -- is commonly known.
As green on blue attacks so what is is alarming increase of insider attacks mean for our troops overseas chief of staff the united states army.
General radio during -- joins us now.
Happy Columbus Day general -- tell us about these tax there have been some misconception.
That the pairing up has stopped.
These patrols continue on with both forces tell us about that.
But actually as you know stride -- -- has been that is to turn more and more responsibility over the Afghan forces in order to do that we start out by.
Partnering and teaming with -- -- that has continued to actually.
-- pesos over in Afghanistan about two weeks ago.
Then I had a chance to see firsthand the great work that's going on between.
The army the Afghans what I worry about about the inside a threat is -- try to remind everybody to see a new tactic Taliban is desperate.
They try to cope with new tactics as they see themselves losing room.
And the most important thing is you have to remember it is.
There's hundreds of thousands of Afghan soldiers and police.
This is a very very very small number tour and we can't sacrifice.
What we're trying to do over there because of these small numbers who's trying to strategically change going on in Afghanistan general I understand what you're doing now is.
Our side is doing a better job of vetting her little letting you know we're working with the death -- and so.
There's two things we're doing on the US side were training workflow with new techniques.
Awareness and other thing so.
Our soldiers are are more aware of this potential threat.
But the key is working with the Afghan government the Afghan army to help us to vet and identify and they are working very hard.
And we are sending additional help with them and they are working hard to vet these individual.
I find it interesting that both for the presidential candidates seem to agree at least on this timeline now of leaving Afghanistan in 2014.
Where -- -- Well I think.
As I see is going forward that that -- know that's two years she known as I've -- that's a very long time.
When you're in -- country and trying to do we do and I think there's a what we can get a lot done.
The -- a time when we have to turn this over to the Afghans.
What it can't be in fourteen as we abandon Afghanistan and so and that's not the policy so so we have to do was turn over responsibility -- them continued to support them.
Will continue probably to have some assistance in training after 2014.
That's still to be determined.
But so why I think it's right policy.
I I do I will tell you the most important piece will be the fallen piece what we do post 2014.
You know the Taliban tries to use this as -- they -- well you know he's the -- living in 2014 -- -- -- 2014.
They try to use that as a propaganda tool.
And that's why -- sold for frost and make -- the Afghans are ready to stand up against these individuals and more importantly.
We follow -- post has had such serious stuff and today you're able -- going to be part of the Columbus Day parade right here in New York City thinking regulation being an honor and a great -- Italian Americans it's really great honor what what what this is about is honoring -- attack in American history was amazing to -- news.
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In the long history of service and you know the -- -- Americans now becoming part of this country and -- -- -- was still being proud your heritage and that's what America's about diversity.
No absolutely that's the strength of our country is or diversity.
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