Tuesday, September 22, 2009

McChrystal to Resign if Obama Doesn't Give Him More Troops

McChrystal has sent a letter to President Obama outlining the issues in Afghanistan and said that if he doesn't receive additional troops, we will fail there. There is talk that he will resign if he doesn't get the President's support.
In Kabul, some members of McChrystal's staff said they don't understand why Obama called Afghanistan a "war of necessity" but still hasn't given them the resources they need to turn things around quickly.

Three officers at the Pentagon and in Kabul told McClatchy that the McChrystal they know would resign before he'd stand behind a faltering policy that he thought would endanger his forces or the strategy.

"Yes, he'll be a good soldier, but he will only go so far," a senior official in Kabul said. "He'll hold his ground. He's not going to bend to political pressure."

On Thursday, Gates danced around the question of when the administration would be ready to receive McChrystal's request, which was completed in late August. "We're working through the process by which we want that submitted," he said。

There is also speculation as to who leaked the information and why.

h/t: Ace of Spades

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