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Grayson Supports General's Resignation

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Congressman Alan Grayson (FL-8) is pleased with President Obama's decision to replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. The President's acceptance of Gen. Stanley McChrystal's resignation followed a call by Congressman Grayson for McChrystal to be fired.

Congressman Grayson said, "The ultimate issue is not McChrystal's job. It's McChrystal's strategy. We need peace, not an endless war."

Congressman Grayson wants to end the troubled 9-year-old conflict in Afghanistan. The war in Afghanistan has the sad distinction of being the longest war in American history. The Congressman believes the President needs to bring our troops home as quickly and safely as possible. "We have to make our decisions on war and peace based on what's right for America, not what's right for the generals, or Halliburton, or Blackwater. Not what's right for the military-industrial complex. But rather, what's right for us," Grayson said.

Congressman Grayson led the way in calling for McChrystal's resignation after a series of inflammatory comments from McChrystal appeared in the latest edition of Rolling Stone magazine. Immediately after McChrystal's interview became public, Congressman Grayson said, "Let's face it. McChrystal has destroyed his working relationship with everyone who is not actually under his command. But the problem goes deeper than that. The Constitution says that Congress has the power to declare war and fund (or de-fund) war, and that the President is Commander-in-Chief. Not Stanley A. McChrystal. No one elected him."


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