Hope this has taught everyone a lesson that liberal Democrats will say and do anything to get elected and once in office could care less what the American people say. How hard is it to make a decision when we have soldiers in harm's way? That is why someone runs for President -- ready to make the hard decisions on what is best for our Country. Looks to us Obama only wants the trappings but not the decision making of the Presidency and being Commander in Chief.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2009
McChrystal Wanted 50,000 Troops
Top Afghanistan Commander Was Convinced to Lower Request to 40,000; Obama Deliberates on Formal Request(AP)
Gen. Stanley McChrystal wanted to ask President Obama for 50,000 more troops for Afghanistan on top of the 68,000 already stationed there, but he was convinced to lower the request to 40,000, reports CBS News White House correspondent Chip Reid. Sources tell Reid that McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, considers the lower number to be a firm bottom line McChrystal believes anything short of 40,000 increases the risk of failure, Reid reports.
The president received McChrystal's former request last Thursday, one day before flying to Copenhagen to support Chicago's bid for the 2016 summer Olympics, Reid reports. Mr. Obama met with McChrystal on board Air Force One during that trip. But White House officials did not confirm until today that Mr. Obama had received the formal request.
The president is reportedly deliberating on the request as the war launched after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks reached its eight-year mark today with no end in sight. Obama was not expected to discuss the troop request at a meeting with war advisers Wednesday but was likely to do so on Friday.
Excerpt: See CBS News for Full Article by Chip Reid