September 22nd, 2009
02:22 PM ET
5 years ago

Hoyer says McChrystal should brief Congress

Sen. John McCain, told Politico that McChrystal's report on Afghanistan should be delivered to the Hill 'immediately,'.
Sen. John McCain, told Politico that McChrystal's report on Afghanistan should be delivered to the Hill 'immediately,'.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - In a sign that President Obama is facing growing skepticism within his own party on Afghanistan, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer joined the call made by several top Republicans on Capitol Hill for the U.S. Commander in Afghanistan General Stanley McChrystal to brief Congress on his recommendations for revising U.S. military strategy.

"I think it is useful at some point in time for General McChrystal to share with the Congress, both the Senate and the House, his views and his proposals and his sense of the success that change in strategy would have," Hoyer told reporters.

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, told Politico that McChrystal's report on Afghanistan should be delivered to the Hill "immediately," but Hoyer declined to put a timeframe on when Congress should get the assessment.

As House GOP Leader John Boehner did last week, Hoyer compared the discussion over next steps in Afghanistan to the debate in 2007 over the surge in Iraq. Hoyer noted that Gen. David Petraeus, then the U.S. Commander in Iraq, briefed Congress in both high profile public hearings and private briefings.

soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    Everyone praised Obama as a "peace" president.

    Now we see that with increases in troops in Afghanistan,
    not quite the withdraw from Iraq,
    not quite closing the prisoner camps,
    assassinations in countries not at war with,

    maybe he is a War President after all – with a smile.

    September 22, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  2. NC

    Senator McCain wants anything concerning war done immediately. As long as we are killing others and not concerned about Americans and HRC the Republicans are for it. We are stretched too thin with not enough help. I am tired of our military fighting wars and dying. The Middle East people have ben fighting each other for hundreds or thousands of years. We may never get Bin Laden and I don't want anymore of our American lives lost. We can longer afford to fight everyone. Two wars at once is enough. If this continues then bring back the DRAFT.

    September 22, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  3. Clay

    So what did the Pentagon expect when they put a limited, special operations general in charge of Afghanistan? Someone with a broad knowledge of history and operations or someone, as Bush put it, who specialized in kills. All Bush wanted to do was to kill the so-called enemy, regardless of the price paid by young Americans and Afghani civilians, and McChrystal was his man – a proven killer with limited strategic abilities. America has lost its soul and McChrystal is a prime example of that loss. Afghanistan is lost and America had better get used to it. Thanks, Bush.

    September 22, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. phyllis

    I agree with Sen. McCain about this, and I did not vote for him, and would not vote for him, unless he was running against George Bush or Dick Cheney, then i would vote for him. I think that, Gen. McChrystal should go before Congress, and state his view on this war, that George and Dick started, and left behind when another one looked to be more exciting to them, weapons of mass distruction and all the lies they told. The only good thing to come out of that war, was Saddam getting killed. This war in Afghanistan, should have been taken care of before any thing else was started. I personally think this, war can not be won, because of the way these people, that live in this part of the world think and live, they have different views and outlooks on thing, they are so set in their minds, and i am sorry to say this, but I don't hold out much hope of victory in this war. I can only pray, that something good happens, they are to many things working against the people who want to do the right thing here. Thank You CNN.

    September 22, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
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