Senator Levin: partisanship has no place during war
A war of words over U.S. policy on Afghanistan is heating up between Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill as they await President Barack Obama’s new strategy.
He was responding to House of Representatives Republican leader John Boehner’s statement that “the current political uncertainty should not be used as a pretext for the White House to back away from the counter-insurgency strategy the president announced in March.”
Levin, at the Reuters Washington Summit, said former Republican President George W. Bush took three months to decide on the troop surge in Iraq — “Nobody was saying that President Bush is jeopardizing anything by taking three months to deliberate on a new strategy.”
Levin said he agrees with much of what General Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, says.
“One of the things he (McChrystal) says is the deliberative process is useful and healthy. So, I wish Boehner would listen to McChrystal,” Levin said.
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