Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a frequent visitor to Afghanistan, praised U.S. Army Gen. David McKiernan, who was replaced as the top commander in Afghanistan by Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
Inhofe also welcomed Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal to the post, as well as Lt. Gen. David M. Rodriguez, who will be McChrystal’s deputy.
“General McKiernan is a combat proven warrior – a man who epitomizes the words honor and integrity,” Inhofe said.
“I had the great privilege to meet with General McKiernan in Afghanistan last December and again this past month. He has always demonstrated a clear understanding of what was needed to succeed in Afghanistan and he continually pressed for additional troops in order to achieve that success. He also oversaw the initial troop increases under the Bush administration and the current increase in U.S. troops ordered by President Obama.
“I also want to warmly welcome both Lieutenant General Stanley McChrystal and Lieutenant General David M. Rodriguez to their new posts. They are two of the most qualified generals in the Army, and are extremely respected across the services. I am confident in their leadership styles and their expertise to successfully execute the mission in Afghanistan.”