This Was The Phrase Said To The Kids On My Basketball Team During A Timeout. Maybe The President Should Try It In Afghanistan!
General McChrystal, the U.S. Commander in Afghanistan made the following statement in a report to the President fully three weeks ago and leaked yesterday:
(New York Times) "Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top military commander in Afghanistan, in a confidential assessment submitted to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, warns in grim and urgent language that he needs additional troops — from 10,000 up to 45,000 more in the next year — or the conflict “will likely result in failure.”
The assessment, made public by The Washington Post, says that success “will not be attained simply by trying harder or doubling down on the previous strategy....”
President Obama, our Commander in Chief, has not decided what to do. He feels that more input is necessary to study options before making a decision. This while undermanned men and woman are sacrificing their lives. If he doesn't have faith in the Generals opinion on the ground that he put there, why is he there? Exactly whose input is he looking for?
Nancy Pelosi, has said she didn't "think there's a great deal of support for sending more troops to Afghanistan"
This is the leadership we have on a critical war front where the General on the ground says we will not win without more troops. Our men and woman soldiers are putting their lives on the line, some losing them due to the inaction of the President and the politicizing of the issue. What are these people thinking?
The situation is considered "urgent", but while healthcare is in the hopper all other issues just need to take a back burner.
Either add more troops to win, or pull the troops out all together. Do not play not to lose with our peoples lives on the line!
Step Up, Or Step Out!