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September 22, 2009

Report: McChrystal To Resign If Not Given More Troops Per Obama's Campaign Promise

Via Hot Air,of a compliant general echoing his declaration of surrender.

In Kabul, some members of McChrystal's staff said they don't understand why Obama called Afghanistan a "war of necessity" but still hasn't given them the resources they need to turn things around quickly.

Three officers at the Pentagon and in Kabul told McClatchy that the McChrystal they know would resign before he'd stand behind a faltering policy that he thought would endanger his forces or the strategy.

"Yes, he'll be a good soldier, but he will only go so far," a senior official in Kabul said. "He'll hold his ground. He's not going to bend to political pressure."

On Thursday, Gates danced around the question of when the administration would be ready to receive McChrystal's request, which was completed in late August. "We're working through the process by which we want that submitted," he said。

Jim Geraghty notes this is yet another Obama campaign pledge with an expiration date:

The man who called for 2 more brigades to Afghanistan on the campaign trail now says more troops won't automatically make Americans safer.

This is one of the reasons I think Glenn Beck is wrong. Yes, Obama has galvanized conservatives and united them.

On the other hand, that comes at a steep price, doesn't it?

I always viewed the left's agitation to lose wars for political advantage as disgusting. I know few on the right are enthused that Obama's paving the way for surrender to Al Qaeda, but that same sort of disgust keeps from saying "Oh, on the whole, it's a good thing Obama's president, because he's so atrocious it's uniting us."

I'm sure losing the war in Afghanistan will also contribute to conservative solidarity.

On the other hand, it's a war to be lost that even the Incompetent in Chief called a "war of necessity."



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