McChrystal Deputy: ‘Extended Surge’ Troops Will Finish Arriving by Thanksgiving
From Lt. Gen. David Rodriguez, via The Associated Press:
The second-highest ranking U.S. general in Afghanistan says it will take longer to send some troops to the ramped-up war there, indicating it will probably be nine to 11 months before all are in place.
Lt. Gen. David Rodriguez says logistical challenges involved in bringing so many forces in quickly will likely mean that the escalation will take longer than expected to phase in. That would extend the surge beyond next summer.
That doesn’t mean none of them will arrive before next Thanksgiving, it means not all of them will be in place before then. Waiting to hear what that will mean operationally — and whether it will mean it will take longer to reverse the insurgency’s momentum than the 12 months Gen. Stanley McChrystal predicted last August.