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September 26, 2009

General McChrystal's Troop Request Shelved By Obama Administration

Remember when Afghanistan was the essential front in the War on Man Made Disasters? Back then it was bad to take your eye off the fight there and not provide enough troops.

Now?

Change!

U.S. and NATO Afghanistan commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal's long-awaited report containing a request for additional troops on Saturday was submitted to the Pentagon, but the Defense Department will hold it until the Obama administration reconfigures its Afghan strategy.

Spokesman Lt. Col. Tadd Sholtis told media outlets today that McChrystal hand delivered the report to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Adm. James Stavridis.

In the report, which was leaked to the Washington Post on Monday, McChrystal warned of "mission failure" if the size of the allied force in Afghanistan remains the same.

The White House, however, has asserted that it will review the nation's entire Afghan strategy before considering McChrystal's request.But top Republican lawmakers have been pressuring the administration to act quickly.

I've already gone through why this idea of reviewing the strategy is misleading at best.

This is so typical of liberal Democrats. They aren't against robust defense or war they cry, they are just always against the war we happen to actually be fighting. But some theoretical future war? Oh absolutely, under the right conditions they are so there.

This also is likely tied to the health care debacle unfolding on Capital Hill. The "progressives" are already upset that Obama wasn't pushing for a single payer system but they are furious that there might not even be the Trojan Horse of a "robust" government option.

Obama can probably pull them along on one or the other but not both.

Seems he's made his choice.


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