A conservative Republican came to President Obama's defense over Afghanistan last night, urging Obama to take his time on a decision to send more troops.
"I personally am not upset that it has taken President Obama this long to determine his response to General McChrystal's request for an additional 35,000 U.S. combat troops to be sent to Afghanistan," Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) said in a floor speech. "This is a monumental decision."
Rohrabacher criticized President Bush's handling of the wars in Afghanistan in Iraq, noting that "we obviously used the wrong strategy."
"The competence of the last administration in carrying out that war and building a peace was abysmal," Rohrabacher said.
This time around, Rohrabacer said Congress and the administration should be more cautious.
"We owe [the troops] our best judgment, not just an easy answer of sending more military people into a conflict," he said.
Here's an excerpt of his speech, captured by Media Matters: