By Eric Zimmermann - 10/11/09 03:17 PM EDT
Republicans would support a request to send more troops to Afghanistan, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Sunday.
McConnell said Obama should follow the recommendations of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who has reportedly asked for up to 40,000 more troops to execute a counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan.
The Democratic chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee also seemed to back a troop surge Sunday, saying it would be very difficult for the president to ignore the advice of his commanders.
"I don't know how you put somebody in, who is a cracker jack as Gen. McChrsytal, who makes very solid recommendations to the president, and not take those recommendations," Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said on ABC's "This Week."
"I think the decision has to be made sooner rather than later," she added.
Retired General Jack Keane, who helped devise the surge strategy in Iraq, said on ABC Sunday morning that if he were in McChrystal's position he would resign if Obama turned down his advice.
Nevertheless, "presidents have a right to make decisions," he said.
The White House is conducting an internal review of U.S. options in Afghanistan. Vice President Joe Biden is reportedly hesitant of granting the additional troops McChrystal has requested.
Not all Democratic lawmakers are eager to escalate the U.S. presence in the war-torn country.
Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, seized on McConnell's comments to remind the minority leader that a surge requires not just troops but money as well.
Republicans have "been notorious over the last eight years for sending troops but putting the tab on future generations," Reed said.
A sizeable number of Democrats are explicitly warning the administration against a surge.
Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) has introduced legislation requiring the administration to lay out an exit strategy for Afghanistan. That legislation has attracted almost 100 co-sponsors.
Appearing on "This Week," McGovern warned that increasing troops without fixing the political corruption plaguing the country would be a mistake.
He added that al-Qaeda has a tiny presence in Afghanistan.
"We're told by [National Security Adviser] General Jones that there are less than 100 members of Al-Qaeda, if that, in Afghanistan," McGovern said.