Oldspeak: ” ‘The primary aim of modern warfare is to use up the products of the machine without raising the general standard of living.’ Sigh. No Bueno Obama, No Bueno. BRING ‘EM HOME.”
From Richard Sisk @ The Daily News:
The drawdown date was set last year in the agreement to send 30,000 more U.S. troops to the combat zone, but “we did not say that starting July 2011 suddenly there would be no troops from the U.S. or allied countries in Afghanistan,” Obama said.
Obama said July 2011 should be seen more as a date for a transfer of responsibility to Afghan forces. He also said he will be relying heavily on Petraeus’ advice when the pullout date and war strategy come up for another major administration review in December.
Petraeus sought to avoid comment on troop withdrawals as he went to Capitol Hill to visit members of the Senate Armed Services Committee. That panel will hold hearings next week on his certain confirmation to replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal as commander of U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan.
“I support the President’s policy,” Petraeus told CNN, but he also will be providing his “professional advice” for the December war review.
Earlier, Mullen joined Secretary of Defense Robert Gates at the Pentagon in agreeing that McChrystal had to go after mocking Obama and the civilian leadership in a stunning Rolling Stone magazine article.
“Honestly, when I first read it, I was nearly sick,” Mullen said of the magazine piece. “I couldn’t believe it.”
Gates said that McChrystal’s remarks made his position “untenable.” But he stressed that McChrystal’s contempt for the chain of command was not typical of the top uniformed leadership.
“This is an anomaly, not a systemic problem,” Gates said.