Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.)

Cantor issues another suggestive statement

The House Republican whip weighs in on Stanley McChrystal's ouster


Natasha Lennard
June 24, 2010 12:24AM (UTC)

Eric Cantor took some heat yesterday for his statement on Stanley McChrystal's Rolling Stone comments. His latest offering:

I have maintained from the start that the decision to keep or dismiss General McChrystal was the President’s alone. General Petraeus is a respected leader with a record of success in helping to stabilize Iraq and has also expressed concern about the 2011 deadline, which I share. I don’t think anyone would have anything but praise for General Petraeus. I still have concerns about what is happening on the ground in Afghanistan. Any time a soldier – especially a highly decorated General – steps outside the chain of command, it raises real concerns and we should be asking, ‘why?’ We have men and women on the battlefield in Afghanistan, and important questions remain. What is our plan? Are we providing enough resources to be able to succeed in the execution of the mission? Are our troops in the field restricted or being held back in some way?


Natasha Lennard

Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email nlennard@salon.com.

MORE FROM Natasha LennardFOLLOW natashalennardLIKE Natasha Lennard

Related Topics ------------------------------------------

Afghanistan

BROWSE SALON.COM
COMPLETELY AD FREE,
FOR THE NEXT HOUR

Read Now, Pay Later - no upfront
registration for 1-Hour Access

Click Here
7-Day Access and Monthly
Subscriptions also available
No tracking or personal data collection
beyond name and email address

•••






Fearless journalism
in your inbox every day

Sign up for our free newsletter

• • •