While the recent announcement made by President Barack Obama regarding US military involvement in Afghanistan drew praises from some people, such as Sen. John Kerry, not everyone is convinced that the plan is the best one to take.
The Navy Times reported that with the course of action that was revealed recently, the President rejected the advice provided to him by his generals, based on comments made by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen.
Adm. Mullen did say to the House Armed Services Committee that he supports the President’s plan, but clarified that he recommended “a less aggressive drawdown schedule.” The approach taken by the President, Adm. Mullen shared, is more risky, albeit “manageable.”
Sen. John McCain of Arizona questioned the timing of the plan from the Senate floor, saying: “Just when they are one year away from turning over a battered and broken enemy in both southern and eastern Afghanistan to our Afghan partners — the president has now decided to deny them the forces that our commanders believe they need to accomplish their objective.”
The day after revealing his plan, the President spoke to troops and commanders of the 10th Mountain Division of the US Army at Fort Drum in New York. In response to criticism regarding the risks of his administration’s plan for Afghanistan, President Obama said: “We’re going to do it in a steady way to make sure that the gains that all of you helped to bring about are going to be sustained.”