The two top U.S. military and civilian officials in Afghanistan presented a united front before Congress on Tuesday as they defended the new war strategy that President Obama unveiled last week
Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, said there are no "silver bullets" for success there. He said that the deployment of 30,000 additional troops by next summer demonstrates U.S. resolve, even though he had presented scenarios that envisioned up to 80,000 extra troops.
"The president's decision rapidly resources our strategy, recognizing that the next 18 months will likely be decisive and ultimately enable success," he said during a hearing before the House Armed Services Committee. "I fully support the president's decision."
The general tried to lay out a measured set of expectations. He declined to commit to eliminating the Taliban, but instead talking about defeating them militarily.
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What IS his strategy for Afghanistan? He goes on TV and says that he plans to start pulling out in 18 months, then all of his underlings go on TV over the weekend and poo-poo his time lines and say that there is no deadline for starting to pull out. It doesn't sound like there was much of a strategy there. IMO, he gives McChrystal less than he says was necessary (months ago) to appease the left. By committing more troops, he does something to appease the right. He continually sounds as if he does not have a plan (at least to me).
I have to say, I am not so sure this whole thing hasn't been orchestrated from the beginning. I don't trust any of them or what they say. I am just going to operate off of the assumption that they are all lying, and if I am wrong, then so be it.
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