Gingrich shares concerns about Afghanistan, White House bid

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Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich had a sobering analysis of the U.S. military’s mission in Afghanistan during a political visit to Iowa Monday.

Gingrich said in an interview with the Register that the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan “is not going to end well,” despite supporting the Obama administration’s recent change in command there.

Gingrich supports Gen. David Petraeus, who last month was chosen to succeed Gen. Stanley McChrystal. McChrystal stepped down after making disparaging comments about the Obama administration that were reported by Rolling Stone magazine.

But the counter-insurgency strategy that Petraeus used in Iraq does not translate to the mountains and culture of Afghanistan, Gingrich said.

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