Senators Get Few Details From Jones on Afghanistan Strategy

Posted September 30, 2009 at 7:54pm

Senators emerged Wednesday evening from a classified briefing with National Security Adviser Gen. James Jones lamenting that they had not gotten an update or hint of when the president might announce his strategy for Afghanistan.“It was not a useful briefing,— Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs ranking member Susan Collins (R-Maine).“I was hoping we’d get a little more detail,— Senate Intelligence Vice Chairman Kit Bond (R-Mo.) said.“We heard how the process is working, but my personal opinion is the McChrystal plan will work,— Bond said.Military leaders, led by Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, are expected to request 40,000 additional U.S. troops to fight the resurgent Taliban. Bond said he preferred that method over the counterinsurgency strategy thought to be favored by President Barack Obama.Homeland Security Chairman Joe Lieberman (ID-Conn.) agreed with his colleagues that there was “not much detail— in the Wednesday briefing, but he said Jones would likely return once the administration announces a plan for Afghanistan.“Once a decision is made, he’ll be back,— Lieberman said.