Remember back in late 2009? McChrystal was calling for 40,000 troops, and when Obama committed 30,000 instead, people like Sean Hannity cried "He's not even listening to our men in uniform!! He's not giving them the resources they need!" And yet now, a year and a half later, the consensus seems to be that the 30,000-troop surge has been a success. We've killed more and more top al Qaeda operatives (including, you know, ****ing bin Laden), we've upped drone strikes even more, and substantial overall improvement has occurred since President Obama's decision in late 2009. So this idea that the president MUST do exactly what the military is calling for has already been proven false. Chances are, the numbers from Petraeus were simply smart bargaining; they knew Obama favored a drawdown this summer, so the smaller the number they recommended to him, the smaller the number of his eventual choice, even if it wouldn't exactly match their request.