Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was on the Senate floor today to reiterate his belief that President Barack Obama must react quickly to a request from the top American commander in Afghanistan for more troops. Here is what McConnell said:
“This afternoon we resume consideration of the Defense Appropriations bill, and among our most immediate concerns are the protection of our troops and allies in Afghanistan and the success of our mission there.
“The president’s pick to lead our efforts in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, has made clear that more forces are necessary to accomplish the mission. And while the administration hasn’t yet reacted to General McChrystal’s report, in my view, the president must soon explain to the American people his reasons either for accepting The McChrystal Plan or for taking a different course.
“Timing is important. A failure to act decisively in response to General McChrystal’s strategy, and his anticipated request for additional forces, could serve to undermine some of the good decisions the president has made on national security.
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