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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 1061-04
October 22, 2004

A Statement from The Chairman of The Joint Chiefs of Staff General Richard B. Myers

I am very disappointed in the mischaracterizations that appeared in The Washington Post today regarding our Afghanistan war planning efforts, Second-guessing actions in Afghanistan.

The assertion that I raised doubts about the war plan, is incorrect and unfounded.

Numerous military leaders came together immediately following the events of September 11th and formulated plans we began executing a month later. We discussed every available course of action, which we take very seriously, and do every time we engage our military men and women in armed conflict.

It is wrong to characterize these discussions and planning sessions as second guessing or doubting anyone.

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