GOP to Obama: Give McChrystal His Troops

McCain: Not granting request 'would be an error of historic proportions'
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 11, 2009 11:19 AM CDT
GOP to Obama: Give McChrystal His Troops
Vice President Dick Cheney waves as he boards Air Force Two at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, May 8, 2007. Left is his daughter Liz Cheney.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

(Newser) – Afghanistan was the name of the game on the talk shows today, with John McCain pointedly warning President Obama on State of the Union that sending Gen. Stanley McChrystal anything less than the 40,000 troops he's requested "would be an error of historic proportions." Lindsey Graham chimed in on Meet the Press, saying that "history will judge" Obama on the decision he makes, and that a "half-measure" would be "a weakness."

  • Minority Leader Mitch McConnell continued his party's call for more troops, telling Face the Nation "the smart thing to do here is to listen to Petraeus and McChrystal."
  • Democrat Dianne Feinstein, the Senate Intelligence Committee's chair, added to the chorus, telling This Week "violence is up," and that she didn't see how the president could not grant McChrystal's request.
  • Fox News "is a wing of the Republican Party," White House communications director Anita Dunn told CNN's Reliable Sources, standing by her slam earlier this week on the network. "Take their talking points, put them on the air. Take their research, put it on the air."
(Read more Anita Dunn stories.)

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