McChrystal troops request shelved pending review
By Peter Graff and Adam Entous
KABUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan has submitted a request for more troops, a spokesman said Saturday, but the Pentagon will hold it while President Barack Obama decides what strategy to pursue.
General Stanley McChrystal hand delivered his long-awaited request to U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Admiral James Stavridis, said spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Tadd Sholtis…
In a bleak assessment prepared last month and leaked to the media in recent days, McChrystal wrote that his mission would likely fail if he is not given reinforcements for his force, now more than 100,000 strong, including about 63,000 Americans.
The additional troops would be needed as part of a complete overhaul of tactics, with new emphasis on securing civilians in population centers to loosen the grip of a strengthening Taliban-led insurgency.
The White House says it wants to review the entire strategy for the region before considering McChrystal’s request.
"Right now the focus is on the strategic assessment itself. It (the troop request) will be shelved until such time that the White House is ready," a defense official said in Washington.
"It is not going to be addressed, or reviewed, or analyzed until the White House is ready to begin discussing it."
Kliphnote: "Obama decides what strategy to pursue" in winning in Afghanistan.
What the hell does Obama know about winning a war?
According to Obama "Bush took his eye off Afghanistan" in the war on terrorism. Now Obama wants his Generals to wait while he decides how best to win.
WRONG! He is looking for the best way to get out of Afghanistan without losing face. He and his Left wing base don't want to win. they want to get out.
Obama appoints far left wing czars, associates with far left wing radicals. And the Obamatards thinks there is nothing wrong.
What kind of a radical crackpot did we elect?
Obama tells reporters at G20 Meeting-- "I'm not interested in victory."