SecDef Already Asking For More Troops; Gates Wants 3000 More Than Obama Mentioned
Defense Secretary Robert Gates is now saying the Afghanistan surge could require more than the already-requested 30,000 troops. He told Congress 3000 more support troops could be needed (h/t Buzzflash)
During testimony on Capitol Hill Thursday, Mr. Gates said he has to be able to give the battlefield commander what he needs and if that means deploying slightly more forces, he will do that.
“One of the things that I’ve tried to make clear consistently is that when you’re looking ahead, it is impossible to foresee every need,” Gates told a Senate panel reviewing the new Afghan strategy. Gates said he may need additional medical or intelligence personnel, engineers for road-clearing assistance, or other support troops.
“I have asked him for a modest amount of flexibility on that,” he said.
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