BOND: OBAMA BUYER’S REMORSE ON AFGHANISTAN?

BOND:  OBAMA BUYER’S REMORSE ON
AFGHANISTAN?

Senator Calls on McChrystal to Testify – Congress Needs
to Hear from Commander on the Ground

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Kit Bond, Vice Chairman of
the Senate Intelligence Committee, today called on General Stanley McChrystal to
testify before Congress following news reports that the Administration has
delayed the Commander’s request for additional troops. 

“After asking for General McChrystal’s Afghanistan
assessment, it now appears President Obama has buyer’s remorse,” said Bond. 
“Congress needs to hear directly from General McChrystal to ensure political motivations here in Washington don’t override the
needs of our commanders on the ground.”

This
latest news that the Administration is delaying General McChrystal’s troop
request compounds concerns raised by the President’s recent comments.  Bond, who
has been one of the strongest supporters of the Administration’s new strategy in
Afghanistan, was disturbed by the President’s suggestion this past Sunday that
he is reconsidering the American commitment to the conflict in
Afghanistan.

Bond
reminded the Administration that in March, the
President announced a new, comprehensive approach to the war in Afghanistan – a
fully resourced counter-insurgency campaign.  The troops in the field have been
waiting over 6 months for the President to follow through on his promise.  As
General McChrystal’s recently leaked assessment points out, time is of the
essence, and we can’t afford for the President to continue to stall on this
vital national security issue.

The Senator urged the President not to
abandon General McChrystal’s strategy for success for a failing
counter-terrorism-only strategy.  Bond pointed out that for years, the United
States and international forces have tried the under-resourced CT-only approach
with no success.

 

Bond noted that
earlier this year, when the President spoke to our veterans at the VFW
Convention, he said that “Those who attacked America on 9-11 are plotting to
do so again.  If left unchecked, the Taliban insurgency will mean an even larger
safe haven from which al Qaeda would plot to kill more Americans. So this is not
only a war worth fighting. This is fundamental to the defense of our
people.”

The Senator
stressed that he couldn’t agree more with the President’s comments to our
veterans and urged the President to sustain this critical commitment to
achieving victory in Afghanistan. 

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