Wednesday, June 29, 2011

McCain and Graham Quiz Lt. Gen. Allen on Obama's Afghan Timetable

During a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing on Tuesday, Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham questioned Lieutenant General John Allen about the wisdom of President Obama's planned timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

The President, who has his sights set on the November 2012 Presidential election, announced - last week - his plan to begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan in July and to have 33,000 troops out of the country by September of 2012.

Lieutenant General Allen, who was clearly ill at ease over the prospect of criticizing his Commander in Chief, was left with little choice but to defend Obama's politically calculated timetable.