Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee he did not know how many troops would be needed for a surge, The Associated Press reported. He added that commanding Gen. Stanley McChrystal would decide on the right number to request within weeks.
Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., the committee’s head, said he opposed sending more troops and instead favored stepped-up training of Afghan forces. "Providing the resources needed for the Afghan Army and Afghan police to become self-sufficient would demonstrate our commitment to the success of a mission that is in our national security interest, while avoiding the risks associated with a further increase in U.S. ground combat troops," he said.
But Sen. John McCain, R-Az. and Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn. complained that not committing enough troops to Afghanistan would be a disastrous move.
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