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article imageFormer U.S. Senator: Obama fired McChrystal to rid 2012 candidate

By Andrew Moran     Jun 25, 2010 in Politics
Washington - Former 2008 Presidential candidate and former Alaskan Senator, Mike Gravel, spoke with Press TV about the firing of General Stanley McChrystal this week. Gravel believes he was replaced by General David Petraeus to make his a less viable 2012 contender.
During his campaign during the 2008 Democratic Presidential primaries, former Alaskan Senator Mike Gravel was harshly critical of not only the Bush administration and the Republican Representatives but of also the Democratic leadership and the Presidential candidates.
At one of the first Democratic Candidates Debate hosted by MSNBC, Gravel accused the “top-tier” candidates of worrying him in regards to the United States foreign policy and its position of pre-emptive war and nuclear weapons.
On Friday, Gravel spoke with Press TV about the war in Afghanistan and the recent news that General Stanley McChrystal would be replaced as commander of the forces in Afghanistan by General David Petraeus.
The former two-term Alaskan Senator, who played a major part in ending funding for the war in Viet Nam, stated bluntly that President Barack Obama’s decision to replace McChrystal with Petraeus was strictly a political decision because Petraeus is considered to be a Republican Presidential candidate in 2012 and Gravel feels the situation in Afghanistan will remain stagnant come election time.
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“Now, Petraeus was distanced from Afghanistan, and so, very cleverly, President Obama has demoted Petraeus and put him in charge of Afghanistan. So, if a failure takes place as I presume it will by 2012, the failure will be owned as much by Petraeus negating his ability to be a viable presidential candidate and will benefit Obama.”
Gravel’s view that the mission in Afghanistan will be a failure is because the primary strategy used, according to the former Senator, is nothing but bribery, assassinations and corruption from American contractors.
“And that is that empires have really lost everything when they tried to conquer Afghanistan. And that is what we are trying to do,” states Gravel. “Keep in mind, it is not a security operation, it is a conquering operation, and it won't work at all.”
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