McCain defends McChrystal — says Obama must decide soon

Mad Man McCain: January Jones gets it, what's Obama's prob?  (ap)

Sen. John McCain of Arizona was on NBC's “Today” show this morning, warning that the situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating, the Taliban are making gains and President Obama needs to decide soon which way he's going to go.

McCain, who favors the counterinsurgency strategy being pushed by Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the US commander in Afghanistan, is among a group of lawmakers heading to the White House this afternoon to meet with the president about Afghanistan and Pakistan. He issued the verbal equivalent of an eye-roll over heat McChrystal is taking for being too outspoken in pushing for a troop increase.

MS. VIEIRA: You don't feel he was out of line, Senator, as many do, for speaking out publicly?

SEN. MCCAIN: Of course not. He didn't leak the report to The Washington Post. It was all over this town. And he was asked a direct question as to whether he thought the strategy of counterterrorism rather than counterinsurgency would work. And, look, he's responsible for the lives of those 68,000 young people who are over there fighting and in harm's way as we speak. I think he has an obligation to them.

 

 

AfghanistanBeltway ConfidentialNATOUS

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

SF speeds up testing for first responders as Sheriff’s Department is hit by coronavirus

Miyamoto rolls out daily temperature checks at jails, hospitals and courthouses

‘Outbreak’ expected at Laguna Honda Hospital after seven test positive for virus

The day after the first patient at Laguna Honda Hospital tested positive… Continue reading

Gov. Newsom orders statewide ban on evictions for renters affected by coronavirus

The measure prevents the evictions of renters over the nonpayment of rent through May 31

San Francisco 911 dispatcher tests positive for coronavirus

Union seeks additional testing for Call Center workers

Breed urges residents to ‘stay home’ as coronavirus cases reach 279

Multiple parking lots closed to discourage prohibited gatherings at beaches, parks

Most Read