“A commander in the field should never feel constrained from asking for what he needs,” Gates told a House committee hearing.
Disagreeing with the higher-ups couldn’t have played in McKiernan’s favor, though. It could have easily been used to add to the case against him. (“He doesn’t ‘get it’, he just wants to throw more troops at the problem etc…”)
Gates, a day later and dollar short, did say yesterday that McKiernan “will retire with the honor and respect that he deserves.” And he added: “”There was certainly no intent to convey anything negative or denigrate [McKiernan] in any way.” (Right, well, that statment seems to be a belated non-truth.)
Lastly, the Afghanistan Troop Count, per Gates. 68,000 American troops in Afghanistan by the end of the year…with possibly 10,000 more next year…I’m watching the creep towards the 100,000 mark…
Wagers on when/if we’ll hit it?