THE US commander in Afghanistan, Gen Stanley McChrystal, has finally presented his long-awaited report on the American situation in that country, and as expected, has not made a request for more troops, instead saying that a 'revised implementation strategy' is required, along with more commitment and resolve, as well as increased unity of effort. General McChrystal is expected to ask for more troops later, in a separate request, after the USA saw August yield its heaviest losses to US troops in the country, and August also saw the first round of a presidential election which General McChrystal tried not to upstage with his report. The report was ordered by the Defence Secretary after the Obama Administration took over the reins. Gen McChrystal also took command only last May. Though much awaited, the report does not really propose anything new. The report was described in a press statement, but still remains confidential, and on the desk of McChrystal's immediate boss, CENTCOM chief Gen David Petraus, who will forward it to Secretary Gates and the NATO Secretary General with his comments. The report does say that the focus should shift to the ordinary Afghan, but the suggestion that the task of the US military should shift to training the Afghan military reflects the reality that the occupation is doing neither the Afghan people nor the occupiers any good, even when measured by the standard of ending the insurgency. General McChrystal's tacit admission that the occupation is a failure should be heeded both in foreign capitals and by his bosses. The only real solution to the problems of Afghanistan comes from ending the current foreign occupation, not increasing it, as General McChrystal will propose. Though General McChrystal pays lip service to the Afghan people, he does not pay any attention to their untrammeled desire for freedom to live their lives as they wish, a desire which does not seem to have been broken by the US occupation.