General: Obama Afghan withdrawal plan not among options presented by Petraeus

President Obama’s troop withdrawal plan was not among the options presented to him by General David Petraeus, according to testimony given under oath by Marine Lt. General John Allen, seemingly contradicting statements made previously by a White House official.

When asked by South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday whether the president’s withdrawal plan was “one of the options presented to the president by General Petraeus,” Allen responded, “It was not.”

But The Weekly Standard points out that in a background conference call with senior administration officials on the president’s withdrawal plan on June 22, a senior administration official said that Obama’s plan “was fully within the range of options that were presented to him and has the full support of his national security team.”

“In terms of General Petraeus, I think that, consistent with our approach to this, General Petraeus presented the president with a range of options for pursuing this drawdown,” the senior administration official said, conceding, “there were certainly options that went beyond what the president settled.”

“That said, the President’s decision was fully within the range of options that were presented to him and has the full support of his national security team,” the official continued.

In summing up his answer to a reporter’s question, the senior administration official again emphasized, “the president’s decision was fully in the range of options the president considered.” (Foreign investment falters as debt grows, regulation expands)

However, at the hearing to consider his nomination to replace General David Petraeus as commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, Allen came out in support of President Obama’s plan to withdraw 10,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year and roughly 23,000 more troops by September 2012.

“Although I was not a participant in those discussions,” Allen told the committee, “I support the president’s decision and believe that we can accomplish our objectives.”

  • kingfish

    Nobody at the Pentagon wants the troops out. The JCS plan is to KEEP them there FOREVER, so the money keeps flowing into their coffers. The JCS Pentagon generals are too INCOMPETENT to put together a winning “strategy” or even to get out!

    Petraeus is known as BeTrayUs to the soldiers. He and all the other incompetent Pentagon generals should think long and hard about the devastation they have wrought worldwide for the last 10 years, their burning up innocent people with white phosphorous and their poisoning American troops with depleted uranium guns, ammo, and tanks. These are BLATANT war crimes. They should all be FIRED for incompetence and ordering mandatory toxic vaccines for troops.

    Americans are SICK of their children being used as cannon fodder because the Pentagon generals like Petraeus seem to have “lost their way”. They are weak and will not stand up to the powers that be and say NO MORE KILLING in the name of the globalist NWO. Petraeus’ political ambitions are a fine example of this.

    Besides the total lack of strategy in these wars, add the Pentagon’s “lost” and wasted funds since Petraeus has been one of the primary Pentagon leaders:

    1) $2.3 TRILLION “lost” announced by Rumsfeld 1 day before 911, which later audit proved to be $4.9 TRILLION

    2) $6.6 BILLION in planeloads of CASH for Iraq reconstruction “lost” from yesterday’s news. No reconstruction was done. By the way, where did all that GOLD and CASH go that was in the Iraq bank? Where did all the OIL go? We can ask the same thing about all the other countries we’re invading. None of those spoils of war have come back to the taxpayers who paid for the wars.

    3) Pentagon overpaid billionaire oilman by up to $200 million 3/18/2011

    4) Brand new airplane engines and other parts ordered by the Pentagon and “salvaged” to give to Israel (This has been going on at least 25 years.)

    5) U.S. SPENDING IN IRAQ (not including Afghanistan

    “5. Lost & Unaccounted for in Iraq – $9 billion of US taxpayers’ money and $549.7 million in spare parts shipped in 2004 to US contractors. Also, per ABC News, 190,000 guns, including 110,000 AK-47 rifles.

    6. Missing – $1 billion in tractor trailers, tank recovery vehicles, machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and other equipment and services provided to the Iraqi security forces. (Per CBS News Dec 6, 2007.)

    7. Mismanaged & Wasted in Iraq – $10 billion, per Feb 2007 Congressional hearings

    8. Halliburton Overcharges Classified by the Pentagon as Unreasonable and Unsupported – $1.4 billion

    9. Amount paid to KBR, a former Halliburton division, to supply U.S. military in Iraq with food, fuel, housing and other items – $20 billion

    10. Portion of the $20 billion paid to KBR that Pentagon auditors deem “questionable or supportable” – $3.2 billion”

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  • erick1740

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  • Jim Needham

    The Great Depression had World War II to unite our nation behind defending our allies and ideology. The Great Recession has the war on a ‘tactic’ and betrayal of our allies and ideology to divide our nation. Could any of this explain why we are NOT winning ANY of the battles and our leaders lack the moral compass to lead?