McChrystal: ‘Nobody Is Winning’ in Afghanistan Conflict

BY Larisa Epatko  May 13, 2010 at 4:37 PM EST

U.S. Commander in Afghanistan Gen. Stanley McChrystal said that although progress is being made in Afghanistan, “nobody is winning at this point,” in an interview airing Thursday on the NewsHour.

“I think that in the last year, we’ve made a lot of progress,” he said. “I think I’d be prepared to say nobody is winning at this point, where the insurgents I think felt that they had momentum a year ago, felt that they were making clear progress. I think that’s stopped.”

You can view his response here:

McChrystal also described what’s ahead for Kandahar, the spiritual hub of the Taliban in southern Afghanistan.

“What we are working to do — and we’re not calling it an operation, we’re calling it an effort to what we do, call it a rising tide of security — increasing police capacity inside the city and then securing the areas inside the city,” he said, “so that the area is not menaced by insurgents, we have much better ability to protect the people, and then let life go on.”

Watch his full description here:

And as the July 2011 deadline for U.S. troops to start withdrawing approaches, McChrystal emphasizes that a long-term partnership with Afghanistan will continue:

The NewsHour airs McChrystal’s full interview with Jeffrey Brown on Thursday.