Olson Calls for More Troops in Afghanistan

Sugar Land Republican Pete Olson is calling for the White House to increase troop levels in Afghanistan. Matt Laslo reports from Washington.

General Stanley McChrystal already sent Congress a report on the war. In it the top commander in Afghanistan says U.S. forces need to integrate more with Afghans. The report also says government corruption must be rooted out. To accomplish his goals, McChrystal says he'll need around forty thousand more troops. Olson says the president's response is just politics.

"It's been a month and a half now since that plan has been presented and we are no closer to resolving what we are going to do in that country."

Olson says troops will suffer if they sense a disagreement between their general and the White House.

"Once you hurt morale in a military unit that's when you start to lose units, so the president needs to step up — lead, be our commander-in-chief. And we can win this battle if we give General McChrystal the resources he has asked for."

The White House is considering a range of options, including focusing more on training Afghan troops. The president will decide soon whether to ask Congress for more troops.

From Capitol News Connection, Matt Laslo, KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.