You are probably going to think that this is very unfair, but then again you fought like hell to get this job. You are stuck with a war in Afghanistan that you said we have to win. It doesn’t matter how we got there, but you will be responsible for how we end that war. Now the General that you picked said he needs more troops in order to win it for you. You are now specifically responsible for the results and more importantly the lives of tens of thousands of service members and millions of Afghanis. Let me give you some advice:
General Stan McChrystal is a National treasure. He represents something that you have no prior experience with. He is a selfless and dedicated public servant who will tell you the unvarnished truth no matter what it costs him. He is the only man that you know who is qualified to provide you with an opinion that matters. With the exception of Jim Jones, you don’t have anyone in your team who has an opinion on Afghanistan that is worth spit.
Don’t listen to Joe Biden. If your Vice President had sat in the Senate for 100 years, it still wouldn’t qualify him to contradict the reasoned judgment of most second lieutenants. If Joe Biden is the one you depend on for military advice, you are doomed to fail.
This isn’t about politics or payback or redistribution. It doesn’t have anything to do with fairness – life ain’t fair. But if you short change our military in Afghanistan you and the Nation will be paid back in body bags – and it will be entirely your fault. If it were me, I would give McChrystal 50,000 troops.