Boehner: Obama 'Foot-Dragging' on Afghanistan

Wednesday, 21 Oct 2009 02:04 PM

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House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, says the Obama administration is risking American lives by dilly-dallying over whether to increase the number of troops in Afghanistan, according to Roll Call.

“The decisions about what’s going on in Afghanistan are critically important to the future our country, and the foot-dragging that is going on by the administration puts our troops there in much greater danger than they would be otherwise,” Boehner told reporters.

“I think it’s time for the administration to make a real decision,” he added.

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Republicans have continually pressed Obama to follow the recommendation of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top commander in Afghanistan, to deploy additional troops to Afghanistan. But the president has refused to show his hand, though on Wednesday the administration said a decision will come around the first week of November.

Boehner refused to respond directly to comments made by Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), who said Tuesday that Democrats had put a greater focus on Afghanistan than Republicans did when they had control of the Congress and the White House, Roll Call reported.

“Listen, when it comes to the issue of war, there’s no partisanship here, none.” Boehner said. “We have all worked together to support our troops in the field.”

Read the full story at Roll Call.com.

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