September 16, 2009

THE PRESIDENT, THE GOP, THE MILITARY AND AFGHANISTAN VS. THE DEMOCRATS AND THE TALIBAN?:

President Obama's top military adviser exposes Afghanistan rifts (Giles Whittell in Washington, Michael Evans and Catherine Philp , 9/16/09, Times of London)

Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that more US troops as well as a rapid increase in the size and capability of the Afghan army were needed to carry out the President’s own strategy for prevailing in Afghanistan as the eighth anniversary of a debilitating war approaches. [...]

The call for more troops is supported by military commanders and Senate Republicans, including Senator John McCain, who warned yesterday that a “wait and see” approach to a surge risked repeating the “nearly catastrophic mistakes” that the US made in Iraq. [...]

Democratic senators lined up yesterday to reject calls for more US combat troops. Senator Russ Feingold warned that he and “a growing chorus” of Democrats would refuse to back sending more reinforcements. [...]

Admiral Mullen’s appearance before the Senate Armed Forces Committee was ostensibly an uncontroversial renomination for two more years as America’s most senior uniformed officer. In practice, he had to walk a tightrope, defending General McChrystal’s recent assessment of the Afghan security situation while explaining his failure so far to state the number of extra troops he needs, and making the case for a surge without prejudging the decisions of his Commander-in-Chief.


Wasn't pretending that Afghanistan is the good war and Iraq the bad supposed to insulate Democrats from this sort of cut-and-run imagery?

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 16, 2009 8:06 AM
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