John R. Allen Quotes

Planning is really the hallmark of any large military formation, and it's typically a weakness in new formations and new armies.

Planning Quotes, Weakness Quotes

There are tens of thousands of interactions every single day across Afghanistan between the Afghan troops and International Security Assistance Force. On most of those, every single day we continue to deepen and broaden the relationship we seek.

Action Quotes, Security Quotes

We're probably going to see some post-2014 military presence - some U.S. presence and a NATO presence - and while we've got much work to do in the next 29 months, we'll have additional time later for the continued professionalization of the Afghan security forces.

Time Quotes, Work Quotes, Security Quotes

 

You know, great powers don't get angry, great powers don't make decisions hastily in a crisis.

Decision Quotes, Great Quotes, Power Quotes

And the narrative for the Taliban that they can wait us out is a flawed narrative. I think that the unambiguous international support for Afghanistan has been a very powerful message. You know, that was the message that came out of the NATO summit. We will not abandon Afghanistan.

Power Quotes

We're pursuing a strategic partnership with Afghanistan on the case of the United States and Afghanistan where we're going to push toward a future. It is the future that the Afghans desire with the United States. It is a future that the Afghans desire with the international community and we desire that as well.

Partnership Quotes, Desire Quotes, Community Quotes, Future Quotes

And across Afghanistan, every single day, Afghan soldiers, Afghan police and ISAF troops are serving shoulder-to-shoulder in some very difficult situations. And our engagement with them, our shoulder-to-shoulder relationship with them, our conduct of operations with them every single day defines the real relationship.

Engagement Quotes

We don't see that the Taliban ultimately can succeed, and it's a combination both of what the international community can do to support Afghanistan, not just in the short term, but over the long term.

Community Quotes

I can't spend a lot of time worrying about the numbers at home. I've got to focus on the mission.

Time Quotes, Worry Quotes

There is a direct line relationship between what happened in Afghanistan in the work up to 11 September 2001 and what we're doing in Afghanistan today.

Work Quotes

Afghanistan is going to be here a long time, and what's critical is that Afghanistan's relationship with its neighbors are, to the maximum extent they can be, constructive and operationally useful.

Time Quotes

I seek as much as I can to mitigate risk.

Risk Quotes