The US general in charge of troops in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal has reaffirmed that his main priority is to reduce civilian casualties and collateral damage, but warned that such a policy would come at a price.
Speaking to recent jirga, Gen. McChrystal told tribal elders: ‘Nice country you’ve got here; be a shame if anything was to happen to it. After all bullets can stray, bombs can go off, unmanned drones can accidentally target a hospital – know what I mean? $10 a week per household ain’t too much to ask is it?’
McChrystal has also defended the lack of progress in the hunt for Osama Bin Laden: ‘We’re reviewing our bank account and the moment a payment is missed… well, caves collapse, avalanches happen… know what I mean?’