Capitol Hill Update: While Afghanistan burns, Obama dithers

It has been many weeks since General Stanley A. McChrystal, the commander of United States troops in Afghanistan, requested some 40,000 more troops in what the president called the "good war" during his presidential campaign.  Yet, the president is dithering about whether to allow General McChrystal's 'surge" of troops  --  endorsed by General David Patraeus who conducted President George W. Bush's successful surge in Iraq  --  to go forward.   

Meanwhile, American troops have been put in danger by the presidential dithering.  Earlier this month, 8 American troops were killed in one attack when hundreds of Islamic militants attacked American and Afghan troops in eastern Afghanistan.  This was the largest number of Americans killed by hostile action in a single day in more than a year.   

General McCrystal said in his report to the president in September:  "Additional forces are required, but focusing on force or resource requirements misses the point entirely."  It has been widely reported and pushed by the numerous left-wingers in the White House that Vice President Joseph Biden is pushing a policy of reconciliation with "elements" of our enemy, the Taliban, and would deny General McChrystal his request for any additional troops.  Biden is pushing for fighting the Taliban with drones and special forces.   

As "The Washington Times" reporter, Jon Ward, wrote yesterday:  "On the other hand, Gen. McChrystal's strategic recommendation is predicated on the assumption that allowing the Taliban to regain control of large parts of the country would be disastrous for U.S. interests and American standing in the world.  

"His new strategy would focus on two primary objectives:  securing the Afghan population in an attempt to win them over from the Taliban, and building governmental and military institutions that can take over from the NATO coalition in coming years without being overcome by the Taliban.  In military jargon, it would mean a move away from 'repetitive raiding' and toward a 'persistent presence' among the Afghan people."   

It is way past time for the president to quit dithering and endangering the lives of our American and allied troops in Afghanistan and to listen to the generals fighting the war in Afghanistan.  . 

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