Obama-McChrystal Gap Widens

How many more soldiers will needlessly die before Obama makes up his mind on Afghan strategy.

President Obama’s announced decision this week to remain undecided on new troops in Afghanistan for weeks, or even months, rejects his top commander’s determination that without urgent reinforcements the war may be lost.At yesterday’s White House press briefing, presidential spokesman Robert Gibbs reconfirmed that President Obama had not decided when a decision on a possible troop surge for Afghanistan would be reached.  At issue was the forthcoming runoff election in which incumbent Hamid Karzai will compete again, after an earlier polling was apparently tainted by voting fraud.”The UN, NATO, the US stand ready to assist the Afghans in conducting the second round,” Gibbs said.  He added, “Whether or not the president makes a decision before that I don’t think has been determined.