House Armed Services Committee chairman Ike Skelton (D., Mo.), a day after meeting with President Obama, tells NRO that it’s important for Obama to continue to listen to Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the America’s top commander in Afghanistan. “Who knows the situation any better than the commander of the theater? He understands the people, knows the enemy, and knows what it will take to fulfill our mission.”
Skelton is not the only Democrat voicing support for McChrystal. The New York Times reports that Sen. Dianne Feinstein, head of the intelligence committee, may also be a supporter. Since the Times did not quote Feinstein about the nature and scope of her support, we called her office for further comment.
Philip LaVelle, Senator Feinstein’s press secretary, would tell us only this: “Senator Feinstein was invited to the White House to have a private conversation with the president about Afghanistan. She shared her views with the president, those views were intended for his ears, and we will leave it at that.”