And if the general wants those troops, or more, the Congress of the United States -- Democrats and Republicans alike -- have got to decide whether they want to score political points or whether they want the United States to win a crucial battle in the global war on terror.
If the general testifies that the war can be won, the militias vanquished, the terrorists killed, and, crucially, Iranian interference stopped or repaid blow for blow, the American public will support him and the president standing behind him.
If the Democrats want to inaugurate their first congressional majority with a dismissal of the advice of the military, the public will see it, and they won't forget.
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