Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey tells McCain: Obama's Afghan Timetable increases risk to US troops

During a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing on Tuesday, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey told Senator John McCain that he was unaware that President Obama's timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan had not been one of the options recommended by Gen. David Petraeus. Senator McCain was surprised to hear that Mr. Dempsey had not known this fact. Nevertheless, Mr. Dempsey conceded to the Senator that Obama's timetable "increased the risk" to US troops in Afghanistan.