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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Nato backs McChrystal in snub to Biden plan

From The Independent (UK), this article gives the impression that NATO commanders have about as much regard for Joe Biden as people on this side of the Atlantic do.

"Nato defence ministers signalled their backing for the Afghan strategy put forward by the American commander General Stanley McChrystal yesterday in an implicit rejection of the alternative plan proposed by US Vice-President Joe Biden. The general had made an unscheduled appearance at the meeting of ministers in Bratislava, Slovakia, to give a presentation behind closed doors. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the Nato secretary general, said: "What we did today was to discuss General McChrystal's overall assessment, his overall approach, and I have noted a broad support from all ministers of this overall counter-insurgency approach."......Diplomatic sources say Nato endorsement of General McChrystal has led to anger in the Biden camp. They had criticised the commander for promoting his strategy, including on a visit to London, while President Barack Obama is still weighing up the options."

I say give the guy what he needs. He's there and we arent. He should know better than such "military geniuses" as Obama and Biden. When our young men and women are in a hostile environment, let's not mess around and try to play "Teach the Angry, Militant Muslim Civility" which led to disasterous results in pre-surge Iraq. Insofar as the worth of Biden's opinion on anything, I can sum it up with three words...STAND UP CHUCK!

2 comments:

Tracy said...

Gee JD, why don't you say what you think?!

I'm with you though on listening to the military man who is there. As much as I supported the Bush administration, I think even he, in hindsight, would say he should have listened to the military to begin with and not tried to low ball the approach when we first got into this war.

JD Curtis said...

If the general has all of the resources that he askes for and we still can't make a significant dent in the Taliban and their recruitment efforts, then bring them home. (IMHO) Let's see if Obama even moves on the additional troop request. He'll probably footdrag and hand-wring incessently in light of the *ahem* peace prize that he recently received.