SUPPORTING THE TROOPS…. The timing of the new GOP attacks could be better.
Republicans are already signaling they will paint any Dem opposition to General Stanley McChrystal’s demand for an expanded counterinsurgency as letting down the troops. House GOP leader John Boehner said today that Obama’s failure to fill the General’s demand right now amounted to “foot-dragging” that “puts our troops there at much greater danger than they would be otherwise.”
Three thoughts come to mind. First, this notion that deliberate decision-making undermines the military is absurd. President Obama explained yesterday that the U.S. shouldn’t “put resources ahead of strategy,” says “we’re going to take the time to get this right.” Boehner may prefer to escalate first and think later, but we tried it that way for eight years. It didn’t work.
Second, George W. Bush took months to ponder the “surge” policy in Iraq. I don’t recall leading Republicans whining at the time about presidential “foot-dragging” that “puts our troops there at much greater danger than they would be otherwise.”
And third, if John Boehner wants to talk about putting U.S. servicemen and women in danger, shouldn’t he explain why he voted against troop funding just a couple of weeks ago?