In addition to Obama Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ suggestion that the president-elect would be fine with maintaining 40,000-plus troops in Iraq “for decades” (to say nothing of the private contractors), military commanders are now declaring that the erstwhile peace candidate will double the U.S. presence in that other quagmire, Afghanistan:
Dec. 20 (Bloomberg) — Admiral Michael Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the U.S. seeks to send an additional 20,000 to 30,000 troops to Afghanistan in the first half of next year.
“Some 20,000 to 30,000 is the window of overall increase from where we are right now. I don’t have an exact number,” Mullen said at a press conference in Kabul today. “We’re looking to get them here in the spring, but certainly by the beginning of summer at the latest.”
With prominent gay marriage opponent — and assassination proponent — Rick Warren conducting the “invocation” at the president-elect’s inauguration, one could be forgiven for thinking John McCain won last month’s election.