WASHINGTON (CNN) - Two officials say President Obama is hosting a bipartisan, bicameral meeting with congressional leaders on the war in Afghanistan Tuesday afternoon, marking his first major bipartisan conclave on the issue in some time. Committee chairs and ranking members of the Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees will be on hand, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Democratic Sens. John Kerry and Carl Levin and Republican Sens. Richard Lugar and John McCain, among others.
It's good to see he's taking the issue seriously enough to talk to some of the key military leaders. However, he should be meeting with his miiltary leaders at length separately and THEN meet with congressional leaders. Having all those folks involved in one big meeting (without a major military meeting first) sends a clear message that the intent here is a political solution or political cover, not an answer to the military issues on the ground.
Whatever his solution, Obama should make it fast, either:
– Pull out, admitting failure, admitting that his claim of Afghanistan's importance was so much eyewash, and dealing with all the follow-on negative consequences.
– Stay the current course, with no more troops and ever tighter rules of engagement (ala Johnson in Vietnam), with a long, slow, somewhat bloody march toward something that can be claimed as a victory or stalemate
– Send more troops with clear objectives and clear exit criteria, get in and get the mission done, and then pull back to a planned long-term posture
Why waste time with the republicans. They are not going to do anything more than obstruct.
Bring the Troops Back home.
We can protect ourselves from Terrorists by Strengthening our Homeland Security.
Going after Terrorists in other Countries is more expensive and puts our troops in Harms way.
There is no chance for bi-partisanship with the hateful extremist ideologues who run 1601 now.
What? Why does he need a congressional bipartisan meeting? He is the Commander in Chief! He needs to begin acting like it! He needs to listen to his advisors and generals and make a decision. But bringing a group of politicians is just unnecessary... letting this group have a say will turn this thing into a bigger catastrophe than the healthcare debate! Let them stay in Congress and do their jobs and Obama can go back to the White house and do his... which is leading the armed forces in a time of war!
It was Clinton that got us into Afghan-and don't tell me otherwise.I was one of the first to go back in '97.. Clinton had no plan, Bush had no plan and now this guy has no plan. I agree that decisions should have been made months ago. Now It's too late; as opposed to the olympics side show....
Good for Pres. Obama. The war in Afghanistan is not occurring in a vaccum! The President has to consider all aspects of military, economic, political, diplomatic and American national security in EVERY sphere when making decisions in ONE arena. Every decision affects things going on in other areas. One mistake (like going in to Iraq for fake WMDs) could tragically affect operations and plans in other areas (like Afghanistan). I am now inclined more than ever that McChrystal and others (Republicans) are trying to publically box the President in (very unbecoming of a Senior Officer!) for political and personal reasons....Refuse to be manipulated Mr. President. If sending more troops in the best strategy for American security then do so. If not, change course. You are the Commander-In-Chief and are not beholden to the games and shenanigans of political partisans (even if they are highly decorated military men or women).
WHY? He's not going to do anything the GOP suggests. And that is the right thing. He's more interesting in protecting the muslims and anti-Americans, along with the ACLU.