The U.S. military can send only about 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan in the next three months without putting excessive strains on the Army and Marine Corps, but the top Afghanistan commander has said he needs more than twice that number to have the best chance of success, military and administration officials told McClatchy.
The low risk option, which McChrystal has said offers the best chance to contain the Taliban-led insurgency and stabilize Afghanistan, calls for 80,000 additional U.S. troops, while his medium risk option puts the number at 40,000 to 45,000, the officials said.
It has been a mystery, even if Obama approves anywhere from 45,000 to 80,000 additional troops, precisely where these troops are supposed to come from, without a draft.
So, there are two possibilities: the draft gets reinstituted, or more hired mercenaries make up the shortfall.
There is no middle ground here.