Senator Dianne Feinstein told me this morning that President Obama must approve General McChrystal’s recommendations for an additional 40,000 troops on the ground in Afghanistan.
“I don’t know how you put somebody in, who is as 'cracker jack' as General McChrystal who gives the president very solid recommendations and not take those recommendations if you are not going to pull out,” Feinstein told me on ’This Week.’ “If you do not want to take the recommendations then you put your people in such jeopardy.”
Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss agreed with Feinstein and said, “I don’t think there’s any question on whether he’s going to have to. I think it’s the right thing to do.”
“It’s a very fractious government over there…and not much stability,” Chambliss said. “To slow down the Taliban, that means to prevailing militarily and obviously that’s where the additional resources in the form of troops comes in. That’s where McChrystal has recommended and I think the President has got to follow his commanders on the ground.”
I asked four-star retired General Jack Keane if he were in a similar position to McChrystal and the President rejected his recommendation for more troops, would he resign? Keane said, “Probably, yes under those circumstances, yes.”
Rep. Jim McGovern, who's introduced a bill calling for an exit strategy in Afghanistan, said "The reason why we want an exit strategy is in part because I want a clearly defined mission, and that means a beginning, a middle, a transition period, and an end. And we don't have an end in Afghanistan.
It was a full discussion on the President's looming decision. You can watch it HERE.
- George Stephanopoulos