If I were still producing the Laura Ingraham Show, this would be a shoe-in for the Lie of the Day segment:
Lieutenant General John Allen told the Senate Armed Services Committee today that the Afghanistan decision President Obama announced last week was not among the range of options the military provided to the commander in chief. Allen’s testimony directly contradicts claims from senior Obama administration officials from a background briefing before the president’s announcement.
In response to questioning from Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Allen testified that Obama’s decision on the pace and size of Afghanistan withdrawals was “a more aggressive option than that which was presented.”
Graham pressed him. “My question is: Was that a option?”
Allen: “It was not.”
Allen’s claim, which came under oath, contradicts the line the White House had been providing reporters over the past week—that Obama simply chose one option among several presented by General David Petraeus. In a conference call last Wednesday, June 22, a reporter asked senior Obama administration officials about those options. “Did General Petraeus specifically endorse this plan, or was it one of the options that General Petraeus gave to the president?”
The senior administration official twice claimed that the Obama decision was within the range of options the military presented to Obama.
Oh well, it’s just an intentional and bald faced lie about the war. It’s not like the guy muddled John Wayne and John Wayne Gacy in off the cuff comments or anything. Clearly a Republican who commits a half gaffe is much more of a threat than a self-centered Commander-in-Chief who isn’t listening to his generals and sends his top officials out to lie to the public about it.
We’re already seeing the effects of Obama’s drawdown, by the way: Within hours of his drawdown speech, the Europeans stampeded for the exits, and now terrorists have struck what was the safest hotel in Kabul, thought to be so safe that it was the HQ for Afghan intelligence according to our source.