As Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Santa Clarita (Los Angeles County), and the ranking Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, observed in a conference call after meeting with Obama on Tuesday, delay and doubt undermine the NATO effort. During a recent visit to Afghanistan, a general told him that every day his Marines get asked by civilians, "When are you leaving?"
McKeon agreed with Obama on Afghanistan in 2008. He agreed with Obama earlier this year. When it comes to Afghanistan, congressional Republicans will support Obama, as long as they believe he wants to win in the region. It's Democrats who may force the president to make not the best military decision, but the best political decision, he can muster.
For his part, McKeon does not want to ask, "If we're not going to fight it to the best of our ability, then why are we there?"