Sunday, October 04, 2009

Skelton Splits With Levin on Afghan Troop Surge

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee believes President Obama should send 40,000 more U.S. troops into Afghanistan but his counterpart in the U.S. Senate disagrees.

"He asked Gen. McChrystal for an assessment, and he got that assessment," Skelton said on CBS' Face The Nation Sunday. "I'm going to back him up."

Appearing on the same program, Senate Armed Services Committee Chair Carl Levin said he would not send more combat troops yet.

Skelton also said believed the Democratic controlled U.S. House would support the move. "I think the House would support the gentleman, Gen. McChrystal, who is running the show," he said.

"The war really didn’t start until March of this year when the president came forth with a strategy and frankly an excellent strategy. He chose General McChrystal who is the best in the business for this type of conflict," Skelton added.

Get VIDEO of Skelton's appearance HERE

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