CNN) -- NATO will stay in Afghanistan "for as long as it takes," the military alliance's new leader said in Brussels, Belgium, Monday..
Anders Fogh Rasmussen became NATO secretary general on August 1.
"We will support the Afghan people for as long as it takes -- let me repeat that, for as long as it takes," said Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the former Danish prime minister who became secretary general on August 1.
He said success in the country was NATO's top priority "to help prevent Afghanistan from becoming again the Grand Central Station of international terrorism."
"Anyone who believes in basic human rights, including women's rights, should support this mission," he said.
But he said the country must take "lead responsibility" for its own security over the course of his five-year term
Heroic words for a noble cause, two concepts that have a very short shelf life in the nano second world of 2009.
All the same just who are the Afghanis with whom we will be investing our blood and gelt?