Skip to comments.McCain to pressure Petraeus on Afghanistan withdrawal deadline
Posted on 06/23/2010 1:42:00 PM PDT by DBCJR
Hours after Gen. David Petraeus' appointment as the top commander in Afghanistan, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is already declaring that he will pressure Petraeus to abandon President Obama's "arbitrary" July 2011 withdrawal date and instead base troop drawdown on the current conditions in Afghanistan. McCain, a longtime arch-foe of President Obama's withdrawal deadline, stressed the importance of tomorrow's confirmation hearing in determining how the war will go forward. "We cannot send a message that we are leaving at an arbitrary date," said McCain. Conservatives have long complained that Obama's withdrawal date has set up the U.S. for failure. Sen. Dianne Feinstein applauded the appointment of Petraeus, who rescued the Iraq war when nobody thought it was possible and saved president George W. Bush from a complete defeat in Iraq. Petraeus' party affiliation is a mystery but he has been courted by both parties as a modern-day Eisenhower. "President Obama has made his decision, and that's that," Feinstein said. "Now it's up to us to make sure General Petraeus has the resources he needs to be successful in what is an extraordinarily important year." Obama said McChrystal's actions undermined civilian control of the military and asked the Senate to confirm Petraeus immediately. McChrystal's removal is sure to complicate the already messy emergency supplemental funding bill that would provide $37 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and that has been stalled as House Appropriations Chair David Obey (D-Wis.) attempts to add $23 billion to the bill to avoid teacher layoffs.
(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...
“McCain’s Mutiny”.....LOL good one.
The campaign to get us to abandon Afghanistan is already cranking up in various “news” outlets.
How about “McCain’s Army?”
What, abandon Afghanistan? That was the only “justified” war. /sarc
You can tell it’s an election year for Juan. After all, jumping his democrat party leader like that and...oh, wait.
I agree. I hope that old fart gets hammered in November.
>>>McCain, a longtime arch-foe of President Obama’s withdrawal deadline, stressed the importance of tomorrow’s confirmation hearing in determining how the war will go forward. “We cannot send a message that we are leaving at an arbitrary date,” said McCain. Conservatives have long complained that Obama’s withdrawal date has set up the U.S. for failure>>
McCain understands we must stand our ground and win.
McCain also has two sons in the military. One is a Marine based here in San Diego at Camp Pendleton and has served in Iraq
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.