Petraeus, who stressed that he had not yet endorsed a plan from the Afghan command to send an additional 40,000 troops, pushed back against comparisons between this war and Vietnam. He even rejected comparisons between Afghanistan and Iraq - where he personally oversaw the surge of U.S. forces in 2006 and 2007.
"I'm much more sensitive to resist the notion that what worked in Iraq will work in Afghanistan," he told the crowd.
He doesn't know if its the right thing either...
Petraeus backed up the Obama administration on several occasions for its handling of the war, complimenting the president for the amount of time and energy he has devoted to the issue as well as Vice President Joseph Biden for visiting the troops abroad.
He also announced that there will be two additional three-hour consultation sessions between the president and his military advisers in the next week.
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Answer by BlueCollarMama at 10:29 AM on Oct. 2, 2009
Sorry, but is this man even in Afganistan?
Gen. David Petraeus, who as head of U.S. Central Command makes the final military decision on McChrystal's request, said the strategy is being reassessed and no decision on additional troops has been made. "I have not yet endorsed the resources" requested by McChrystal, Petraeus said while speaking at an event in Washington
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:29 AM on Oct. 2, 2009
Yeah because you're anything BUT partisan yourself there Sweet. I've called Obama no names or anything else insulting, but I think he should first and foremost listen to the men on the ground in the situation everyday because they're the ones who know what they need to get the job done. Despite the popular belief service personnel are not ignorant.
Gen. David Petraeus, who as head of U.S. Central Command makes the final military decision on McChrystal's request...and it may be that they do send them, but it shouldn't be made as an overnight decision. One mans report needs to be fleshed out, not immediately acted on
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Answer by BlueCollarMama at 10:36 AM on Oct. 2, 2009
If they had started looking into it as soon as his report had been filed instead of hemming and hawing about it I would not have said anything, but they didn't. They waited until after the formal request had been filed, making it look like McChrystal was having to beg for reinforcements.
Are you accusing General Patraeus of playing politics with this decision? I think he needs all the facts. We rushed onto Iraq on intel as well.....remember how that turned out?
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:38 AM on Oct. 2, 2009