Gen McChrystal to Lawmakers - Obama engaged in Thoughtful Process
General McChrystal was appointed as the Commander of ISAF and the Senior Commander of American troops in Afghanistan in March of this year. President Obama announced his new strategy for Afghanistan along with the new appointment.
McChrystal submitted his report near the end of August along with recommendations on how to defeat the insurgency in Afghanistan. The report was later leaked. President Obama subsequently held nine meetings with his NSC, a process the White House said was required to get the strategy right.
Amongst criticism of dithering and a 60 minute report on McChrystal's command in Afghanistan, the Obama Administration was under pressure by Republicans to make a decision. This decision will now be forthcoming on Tuesday in a prime time address to West Point Cadets. The address is scheduled for 8pm EST.
Lawmakers, recently visiting Afghanistan, were told by General McChrystal that the President is undergoing a thoughtful process and that the aim of routing the Taliban could still be achieved.
This should put to rest the belief that there is a rift between McChrystal's recommendation and the Presidents decision process.
Most pundits believe that President Obama will approve a surge of 30,000 troops and press his NATO partners to provide another 10,000. This would be in line with McChrystal's recommendation.
Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, told a group of key lawmakers on Thursday that President Obama is engaged in a "thoughtful process" of deciding on his request for additional troops in the region.
Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), in a telephone interview from Afghanistan, said that McChrystal declined to criticize Obama's nearly three-month review of the general's request to send up to 40,000 more troops to the war-torn nation. Instead, McChrystal -- whose opinion many Republicans have treated as sacrosanct -- told the group that U.S. forces could still achieve the goal of routing the Taliban.