Months after hearing Gen. Stanley McChrystal ask for increased troop levels for Afghanistan, President Obama is finally nearing a decision. The new troop level is being referred to as “McChrystal Light” since the president isn’t going to send the needed troops.
McChrystal’s recommendations got broad endorsement from NATO defense chiefs last week, with the suggestion that some nations will increase troops or other resources.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates has not given a public opinion on McChrystal’s request but has pushed for the commander’s overarching strategy during recent weeks of review by the White House, officials said.
A stripped-down approach would signal caution in widening a war that is going worse this year than last despite intense U.S. attention and an additional 21,000 U.S. forces on Obama’s watch.
Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is on record supporting a troop increase. He has not quantified his preference, but he signed off on McChrystal’s assessment of the worsening conditions in Afghanistan and the need for a change in both approach and boost in manpower.
October has been the worst month for U.S. fatalities since the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan began in October 2001.
What we have is the military, Defense Secretary and other foreign nations involved in the War On Terror on board with McCrystal, yet our Great Leader, the Community Organizer Himself, not on board. He’s not supporting our men and women overseas fighting for our freedom while they’re dieing at a higher rate than before he was in office.
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