Monday, Sept 28th, 2009
The US commander in Afghanistan has asked for a dramatic troop buildup in Afghanistan, a top lawmaker said Sunday, as President Barack Obama faced competing advice over war strategy.
The US military has declined to reveal the details of General Stanley McChrystal’s troop request but Senator John McCain said the commander had appealed for 30,000-40,000 forces.
“I think it’s the worst — one of the many worst-kept secrets in Washington. It’s 30,000 to 40,000 troops,” said McCain, the former Republican presidential nominee who urged Obama to meet the commander’s request.
McCain’s comments were the latest sign of an intense debate over the US-led mission, as Obama weighs whether to send in more troops amid waning public support for the war and an Afghan election marred by fraud allegations.