Hillary and the Pentagon want more troops for Afghanistan, Biden and Pelosi do not..
Great. Yet again I say, it should have been Hillary. I have NO DOUBT Susan Rice and Smantha Power are also calling to withdraw and let the terrorists take hold, fools:
President Barack Obama’s administration is sharply divided over whether to send more American troops to Afghanistan, with Vice-President Joe Biden and other senior figures arguing that it would be folly to escalate the fighting.
On this vital question, Mr Biden is sharply at odds with Hillary Clinton, the secretary of state.. He strongly opposes any large increase in US combat forces in Afghanistan, while Mrs Clinton has called for reinforcements, with the support of the Pentagon…
…General Stanley McChrystal, the new American commander of Nato forces in Afghanistan, has submitted his classified assessment of the war to the White House. This is understood to lay out future options, ranging from sending 10,000 to 40,000 additional soldiers.
Gen McChrystal has privately made clear that he believes the greatest risk attaches to holding back on the reinforcements. What he considers the minimal option of sending between 10,000 and 15,000 more troops is also the riskiest choice, he argues.
Mr Obama, who ordered another 17,000 combat soldiers and 4,000 military trainers to Afghanistan within weeks of taking office, will be loath to reject his new commander’s advice and risk being branded weak on national security by the Republicans.
An official described the row between the president’s advisers as “a necessary and healthy debate”. It comes as senior Democrats in Congress have publicly opposed sending more US soldiers. “I don’t think there’s a great deal of support for sending more troops to Afghanistan, in the country or in the Congress,” said Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and one of the most senior Democrats in Congress, who is also known as a close ally of Mr Obama….
Holbrooke wants more troops too:
…But Richard Holbroke, Mr Obama’s special representative to the region, argues that extra combat troops are needed to protect civilians from the Taliban….
Sign spotted at DC 912 rally, courtesy of Vodkapundit:
TOTUS and Biden don’t seem to have what Queen Elizabeth 1st and Hillary do, the ‘stomach of a King’: