Retired Gen. on decision to halt joint Afghan patrols: "Troubling" but "temporary"

(CBS News) Retired Gen. Richard Myers, a CBS News senior military security analyst, joined "CBS This Morning" on Tuesday to discuss the decision by U.S. military to suspend most joint patrols between U.S. and NATO troops and Afghan forces. The moves follows a weekend of so-called insider attacks that killed four American and two British troops.

Afghan soldiers or policeman have turned their guns on NATO troops 36 times this year.

A former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and former Air Force general, Myers touched on the decision to scale back the joint field operations in Afghanistan.

Myers contends that the damage from these attacks to the NATO mission in Afghanistan is "temporary in nature" and maintains "there will be some operations going on ... by permission only by higher authorities."

He stopped short of definitively claiming the move will delay the 2014 troop withdrawal date, but said, "The whole plan for Afghanistan is based on training and equipping the Afghan army and police and if you can't work with them in the field and continue that training ... then it could set that back."

Myers added that the recent dramatic policy shift is certainly "troubling," and told Charlie Rose and Norah O'Donnell, "this temporary suspension ... is problematic in reaching that 2014 goal."

Comments

CBSN Live

pop-out
Live Video

Follow Us

Watch CBSN Live

Watch CBS News anytime, anywhere with the new 24/7 digital news network. Stream CBSN live or on demand for FREE on your TV, computer, tablet, or smartphone.

The Newsroom