McCain defends McChrystal — says Obama must decide soon

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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.

 

 

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