General Allen: Obama Afghan Withdrawal Plan Were Not Among Options Presented To Him by General David Petraeus


Ignoring the General's recommendations and then lying about it

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President Obama’s troop withdrawal plan was not among the options presented to him by General David Petraeus, according to testimony given under oath by Marine Lt. General John Allen, seemingly contradicting statements made previously by a White House official.

When asked by South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday whether the president’s withdrawal plan was “one of the options presented to the president by General Petraeus,” Allen responded, “It was not.”


But The Weekly Standard points out that in a background conference call with senior administration officials on the president’s withdrawal plan on June 22, a senior administration official said that Obama’s plan “was fully within the range of options that were presented to him and has the full support of his national security team.”

“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,” the senior administration official said, conceding, “there were certainly options that went beyond what the president settled.”

“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,” the official continued
General John Allen: Obama's troop drawdown "a more aggressive" option than what was presented and it was not an option from General Petraeus. Here is the exchange between Republican senator Lindsey Graham and the General