McChrystal Requests 40,000 Troops, Gets Hillary Instead

Hillary has battle experience — sort of — so maybe General McChrystal can use her help while Obama waffles to and fro on a troop decision:

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton landed in Kabul Wednesday in a surprise visit on the eve of the inauguration of President Hamid Karzai.

Clinton went straight into a meeting with U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry and Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, before having dinner with Karzai.

Her first visit to Afghanistan as secretary of state comes as President Obama is deciding whether to send up to 40,000 more troops to Afghanistan, as requested by McChrystal.

Hillary reportedly got the Kevlar pantsuit out of mothballs for this trip. Will the troops get to meet her? They’ve got their fingers crossed!

Meanwhile, President Obama is “very close” to a troop decision. How close is “very close”? In the next several weeks.

Let’s consult the “high price of dithering” chart once again:


Average monthly US deaths in Afghanistan since the start of the war

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