September 22, 2009

THE OBAMAMESSIAH WAS SUPPOSED TO PRODUCE THE RAPTURE, NOT THE RUPTURE:

General's Review Creates Rupture (Karen DeYoung, 9/22/09, Washington Post)


Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal's grim assessment of the Afghanistan war has opened a divide between the military, which is pushing for an early decision to send more troops, and civilian policymakers who are increasingly doubtful of an escalating nation-building effort.

Senior military officials emphasized Monday that McChrystal's conclusion that the U.S. effort in Afghanistan "will likely result in failure" without an urgent infusion of troops has been endorsed by the uniformed leadership. That includes Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen and Gen. David H. Petraeus, the head of U.S. Central Command and architect of the troop "surge" strategy widely seen as helping U.S. forces turn the corner in Iraq. [...]

Obama's public remarks on Afghanistan indicate that he has begun to rethink the counterinsurgency strategy he set in motion six months ago, even as his generals have embraced it.


The problem for the President is that he has so little credibility of national security matters that he can easily be portrayed as selling out the US military and the Afghan people.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 22, 2009 6:23 AM
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