That Good-Faith Afghanistan Opposition « The Washington Independent
Bill Kristol, Fox News Sunday, yesterday:
But the Republicans, I think, will be a loyal opposition. They will support the president. The president simply needs to be patient, give the — General Petraeus and General McChrystal know what they’re doing.
Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), The Wall Street Journal, today:
Mr. Obama may need Republicans to back his latest troop increase to make up for Democratic antiwar defections. The GOP, however, will question any decision that falls short of Gen. McChrystal’s request for 40,000 more troops, said Rep. Tom Price (R., Ga.). In a phone interview from Afghanistan, where he and other lawmakers were visiting, Mr. Price was skeptical of what he feared would be half measures to try to please both parties. “If what you’re trying to do is to please all people, than that might not make any sense,” he said.
Obama’s troop increase — his second this year — is probably going to total around 30,000 combat troops. Then the administration is going to the NATO ministerial to seek another 10,000. Someone get that congressman a calculator, because I’d like to see how that adds up to a half-measure. But if this is going to be the Hill the Republican quasi-opposition/quasi-support for the Afghanistan war wants to die on, far be it for me to stand in its way.