In terms of General Petraeus, I think that, consistent with our approach to this, General Petraeus presented the President with a range of options for pursuing this drawdown. There were certainly options that went beyond what the President settled on in terms of the length of time that it would take to recover the surge and the pace that troops would come out -- so there were options that would have kept troops in Afghanistan longer at a higher number.Marine Lt. Gen. John Allen, Obama's replacement for Gen. David Petraeus as head of coalition forces in Afghanistan, at his June 22nd nomination hearing before the Senate Armed Services committee:
That said, the President’s decision was fully within the range of options that were presented to him and has the full support of his national security team.
[Sen. Lindsey] GRAHAM [R-SC]: The option that the country has chosen through President Obama is to withdraw 10,000 this year, all surge forces gone by September. Is it fair to say, General Allen, that was not one of the options presented to the president by General Petraeus?Conclusion: The Obama Administration ignored the military's advice about Afghanistan then lied about it.
ALLEN: It is a more aggressive option than that which was presented.
GRAHAM: My question is, was that a option?
ALLEN: It was not.
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