FORGET THE NOBEL, MR. PRESIDENT, THERE'S WORK TO BE DONE - AT 4:42 P.M. ET: From Fox News:
Top Republican senators escalated their call Sunday for President Obama to grant Gen. Stanley McChrystal's request for more troops in Afghanistan, and one prominent Democrat warned that a failure to do so could jeopardize U.S. forces.
The Obama administration is deep in deliberations over whether to build on its counterinsurgency strategy with thousands more troops in Afghanistan or focus more on taking out top Al Qaeda targets, particularly in Pakistan. The bloody clash this weekend at the Pakistan army headquarters, where commandos freed dozens of hostages early Sunday after militants attacked the facility, underscored the instability in the region.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the attack emphasized the "danger of the Taliban not only in Afghanistan but in Pakistan as well."
But he said any attempt by the administration to scale back the fight against the Taliban in favor of a tactical battle against Al Qaeda would damage security...
...Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, also said the counterinsurgency strategy pursued by McChrystal is "really critical." She said the American people don't have the stomach to stay in Afghanistan for another 10 years, but that the mission there is in "serious jeopardy" and Obama has an obligation to follow his commander's advice.
COMMENT: The Nobel Peace laureate may have to defy the Euro-pacifist crowd in Oslo and send those troops. I wonder what the "committee" for the prize would say then.
And Hillary Clinton, probably seething over the fact that she didn't get the prize, said today that we can't wait forever for Iran to act on its nuclear program - implied pressure on her boss to contemplate some tough action against the mullahs.
October 11, 2009