Congressional Republicans are stepping up pressure on the White House to make a decision about whether send more troops to fight the war in Afghanistan. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., called on President Obama, who is reviewing the strategy in Afghanistan, to make up his mind about the matter.
“The President's pick to lead our efforts in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, has made clear that more forces are necessary to accomplish the mission,” McConnell said in a Senate floor speech. “And while the administration hasn't yet reacted to General McChrystal's report, in my view, the President must soon explain to the American people his reasons either for accepting The McChrystal Plan or for taking a different course.”
McConnell said McChrystal and General David Petraeus, head of the U.S. Central Command, should meet with Congress soon and explain why they need the additional troops and how they plan to use them. McChrystal has written a report requesting the additional troops, but Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said he is not even planning on giving Obama the report until the entire strategy in Afghanistan is reviewed by the administration.
McConnell suggested they should move much faster.
“The Taliban is gaining ground in Afghanistan,” he said. “And our commanders in the field are in the best position to tell us what is required to complete their mission. General McChrystal says that without adequate resources, we will likely fail. In my view, we should listen to his advice. And hopefully, we‚Äôll be able to get that advice in person in a timely manner.‚Äù