McChrystal report officially backburnered now

posted at 12:37 pm on September 26, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

After everyone else had heard what General Stanley McChrystal needs for his mission to succeed in Afghanistan, the Obama administration took official custody today of the report that requests a significant troop increase for the Af-Pak theater.  However, Barack Obama will not officially get to see it for a while.  The Pentagon says they will hold his request, officially, until Obama officially makes an official decision about the officially official policy he wants to officially pursue in the war:

The commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan has submitted a request for more troops, a spokesman said Saturday, but the Pentagon will hold it while President Barack Obama decides what strategy to pursue.

General Stanley McChrystal hand delivered his long-awaited request to U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Admiral James Stavridis, said spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Tadd Sholtis.

“At the end of that meeting General McChrystal did provide a copy of the force requirements to Admiral Mullen on the U.S. side and Admiral Stavridis on the NATO side,” Sholtis said after McChrystal returned from the meeting at an air base in Germany. …

The White House says it wants to review the entire strategy for the region before considering McChrystal’s request.

“Right now the focus is on the strategic assessment itself. It (the troop request) will be shelved until such time that the White House is ready,” a defense official said in Washington.

Er … what?  Doesn’t the strategic assessment include required troop strengths?  McChrystal’s report should be a key part of those considerations, since the strategic considerations rely on having the force strength required to support the strategy.

Shelving the request makes it clear that Obama and the White House want to conduct a political review of the mission.  That’s not illegitimate; after all, part of the consideration has to be whether our allies have the political will to support us in the Af-Pak theater, as well as whether Americans have the political will to continue the fight.  If neither exists, then the entire question of strategy is moot, and the focus will shift to retreat from the theater.

The problem with this is that the Obama administration has already had plenty of time for political calculation.  They have been in office since January, and Obama campaigned for two years on the pledge to fight in Afghanistan with more resources and focus than the previous administration.  The politics of the war have not changed much, at least in terms other than polling.

Obama wanted to be Commander in Chief, and he has had that role for eight months.  The question of politics should have already been well settled by this time.  So far he has done a good job of fighting the war in Afghanistan, but this very public vacillation undermines the projection of American strength in the region and encourages a defeatist attitude.  It’s time to fish or cut bait on the politics and start seriously addressing the strategy, if we’re going to fight and win this war.


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Obama is practicing malicious malfeasence in his office. He should be impeached for failure to uphold his oath.

BottomLine5 on September 26, 2009 at 12:40 PM

I WON became I LOST.

ThePrez on September 26, 2009 at 12:41 PM

Running on empty!

Dhuka on September 26, 2009 at 12:42 PM

So far he has done a good job of fighting the war in Afghanistan

Are you nuts? Do you know what the current rules of engagement are?

Yes, he sent more troops… but troops who can’t call in artillery or air strikes.. troops who can’t fire into buildings…

He sent more troops, but not to FIGHT the Afgan war…

Romeo13 on September 26, 2009 at 12:42 PM

PULL OUT NOW! No more of our children should have to die in this war or fight for the NOTUS (Narcissus Of The United States!)

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on September 26, 2009 at 12:42 PM

Will soldiers die because of BHO’s delay?

mjbrooks3 on September 26, 2009 at 12:43 PM

What a juvenile charade. “Judgment” — yeah, sure. His judgment is sooo valuable judgment that Obozo keeps it in a jeweled case under lock and key, never to actually be used.

The truth is that the Pantywaist-in-Chief is a rank coward, just too afraid to make a hard decision. Judgment indeed.

Cicero43 on September 26, 2009 at 12:43 PM

Present.

a capella on September 26, 2009 at 12:44 PM

Wow, leadership is a lot harder than coming up with catchy bumper sticker slogans, huh Barry!

prince of dorkness on September 26, 2009 at 12:44 PM

Translation: The Whitehouse has to take a poll to see if their donors are going to go along with the reccomendation, before they consider the reccomendation.

Military Translation: We’re screwed.

MikeA on September 26, 2009 at 12:44 PM

This is Viet Nam all over again. Politicians looking at war through the prism of politics and does it make them look good at home. Meanwhile, our guys keep getting killed by the terrorists. Fight the damn war to win or get out. Screw trying to get any allies to help. The Won may never read the report.

Kissmygrits on September 26, 2009 at 12:44 PM

Wow. morale is down amongst the troops. it’s no wonder when the CIC goes awol all the time when there is a big decision about the war. Still don’t understand why Gates is sticking around

ConservativePartyNow on September 26, 2009 at 12:45 PM

Sh$t or get off the pot Barry.

Knucklehead on September 26, 2009 at 12:45 PM

voting PRESENT true to form

even Sarkozy wanted to move on Iran and said ‘the real world expects us to take decisions’

ginaswo on September 26, 2009 at 12:46 PM

Just another racist inspired distraction from destruction of the US health care system.

Dingbat63 on September 26, 2009 at 12:46 PM

Still don’t understand why Gates is sticking around

ConservativePartyNow on September 26, 2009 at 12:45 PM

Honor.

MikeA on September 26, 2009 at 12:46 PM

PRESENT!

GarandFan on September 26, 2009 at 12:46 PM

Are you nuts? Do you know what the current rules of engagement are?

Yes, he sent more troops… but troops who can’t call in artillery or air strikes.. troops who can’t fire into buildings…

He sent more troops, but not to FIGHT the Afgan war…

Romeo13 on September 26, 2009 at 12:42 PM

I hear they are not allowed to load their weapons.

Seriously, if you’re going to make statements like that support them with evidence.

Trent1289 on September 26, 2009 at 12:47 PM

But,but, who needs more troops in Afghanistan?Didn’t you hear, Obama so scared the Iranians that they are allowing El Bardi to have a look see at their “secret” facilities. All is well with the World now…..

sandee on September 26, 2009 at 12:49 PM

Kissmygrits on September 26, 2009 at 12:44 PM

Democracy be damned I say!

The Calibur on September 26, 2009 at 12:49 PM

Well… at least now it’s officially clear that their official strategy is to sit on the official report while gov’t officials decide what official position they’re officially going to officiate.

Mahdi on September 26, 2009 at 12:49 PM

“Some say we should do nothing”..

the_nile on September 26, 2009 at 12:50 PM

Barak Hussein Obama
mmm, mmm, mmm…

Freakin idiot!

prince of dorkness on September 26, 2009 at 12:50 PM

Obooba is in charge of the generals now, thank God, and will soon inspire us with a new strategy worthy of His awesometude.

Akzed on September 26, 2009 at 12:50 PM

This begs one question: An open, honest transparent question and we, as American citizens, demand an open, honest and transparent answer……….

Mr. President: With all respect due your office, General McChrystal was selected by you specifically for the position held. You placed your trust, that of our nation and of our NATO partners in his hands regarding operations in the ATO (Afghan Theater of Operations).

Why then, Sir, are you doubting his documented and highly experienced word regarding what is necessary to move forward ?

Kenny Solomon
South Florida.

E T Cartman on September 26, 2009 at 12:52 PM

Let me see if I’ve got this right.

While President Pantywaist farts around with his domestic agenda, he’ll ignore his pledges to “seek out, listen to, and respect the views of military commanders.” Instead, he’ll procrastinate on sending the reinforcements urgently requested by his commander in the field, thus increasing the chances that our enemy will seize and keep the initiative.

Does that about cover it?

OhioCoastie on September 26, 2009 at 12:52 PM

This is maddening and viscerally disgusting. Our soldiers are fighting and dying and the dolts in the White House won’t make a decision.

rplat on September 26, 2009 at 12:52 PM

Obama is practicing malicious malfeasence in his office. He should be impeached for failure to uphold his oath.

BottomLine5 on September 26, 2009 at 12:40 PM

+1 trillion

I second that motion.

Obama has failed to uphold his sworn oath to defend the nation and the Constitution.

This is intentional malfeasance, which is a “misdemeanor” at the very least.

IMPEACH OBAMA FOR BETRAYING HIS SWORN OATH
OF OFFICE TO KEEP AMERICA SAFE AND STRONG

profitsbeard on September 26, 2009 at 12:53 PM

THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS!Backburner it for what,so he can pose for more plastic pictures,so he can party with terrorists?We are losing soldiers almost daily over in that hell-hole and he wants to take his time.You have rushed everything else thru haven’t you,barack hussein obama?!No in reality he needs to see how many libs will spit on him if he does send troops.Sickening!

ohiobabe on September 26, 2009 at 12:54 PM

Barak Hussein Obama
mmm, mmm, mmm…

Freakin idiot!

prince of dorkness on September 26, 2009 at 12:50 PM

Ain’t it funny how it is now very much OK to use his middle name? That was racist this time last year.

MikeA on September 26, 2009 at 12:54 PM

Is there any doubt where this is going? Soon, the WH will issue it’s “official” policy on Afghanistan, and within days, the commander on the ground there will “officially” submit a report that supports the policy.

Obama will, according to the MSM, have chosen a smart policy, backed up by the military. He wins.

Just for fun, McChrystal should revise his report (after the official WH position is revealed) so that it contradicts the POTUS at every turn, then retire.

BobMbx on September 26, 2009 at 12:54 PM

PRESENT.

The Pentagon says they will hold his request, officially, until Obama officially makes an official decision about the officially official policy he wants to officially pursue in the war:

Heh. Funny stuff Ed.

conservative pilgrim on September 26, 2009 at 12:54 PM

Obama wants to send more troops if just to shut up the right, but he’s afraid the uber-lefts will desert him. He needs them to be civil until he can ram Government Health Control through. He won’t let a pesky little thing like a war get in the way of his government growth plan. But he’s gambling with people’s lives. If anything is going to bring him down, it’s this kind of political game-playing.

ROCnPhilly on September 26, 2009 at 12:54 PM

When Bush “won” in Afghanistan how did he do it and how did it fall apart? I for one would love to see us get out of there. If AQ comes after us again I say we nuke the whole damn thing after giving the civilians fair warning.

CCRWM on September 26, 2009 at 12:55 PM

I won.

I’m present.

Dhuka on September 26, 2009 at 12:56 PM

Voting “Present” on people’s lives. That’s Obama’s idea of leadership.

Socratease on September 26, 2009 at 12:56 PM

He is not only a lightweight – he’s immoral. Our men and women are out there getting shot at….while he’s golfing and prepping for Letterman. Scum Bag is too decent a characterization for this Commie.

Cinday Blackburn on September 26, 2009 at 12:56 PM

Different President.. Different Corps

Key West Reader on September 26, 2009 at 12:56 PM

I hear they are not allowed to load their weapons.

Seriously, if you’re going to make statements like that support them with evidence.

Trent1289 on September 26, 2009 at 12:47 PM

You may wish to read the news then… and not on the MSM…

http://www.weaselzippers.net/blog/2009/09/afghanistan-4-us-marines-die-after-walking-into-taliban-ambushdenied-artillery-support-because-of-ob.html

And its interesting the “not loading weapons comment”… as it punched one of my buttons… as someone who was in Beruit in 83, when we could not LOAD OUR F’N Weapons, due to politics and the ROEs…

Romeo13 on September 26, 2009 at 12:56 PM

Still don’t understand why Gates is sticking around

That’s what Gates does. He’s a company man: He was against the Surge, he’s a non-partisan guy, he’s happy to mold the truth to fit his boss’s needs (have you heard his repeated comments about military options vis-a-vis Iran?). It’s almost as silly to see Gates as a conservative voice in the Administration as it ever was to see Hillary as one.

CK MacLeod on September 26, 2009 at 12:57 PM

Can we get an official comment on that?

PRESENT!

sarainitaly on September 26, 2009 at 12:57 PM

Barak Hussein Obama
mmm, mmm, mmm…

Freakin idiot!
prince of dorkness on September 26, 2009 at 12:50 PM

LOL!

+ 1 googolplex

profitsbeard on September 26, 2009 at 12:57 PM

OUR TROOPS ARE NOTHING BUT A RENEWABLE RESOURCE TO THE LIBS. HEY BARRY, IF YOU ARE NOT OR WILL NOT GIVE THEM WHAT THEY NEED, THEN BRING THEM HOME, NOW.

bloggless on September 26, 2009 at 12:58 PM

When Mr. Obama announced his current Afghanistan policy in March, he said it was “a stronger, smarter, more comprehensive strategy” that would build schools, hospitals, roads, and enterprise zones, addressing issues like energy and trade. Where are those efforts?

He said “to advance security, opportunity and justice—not just in Kabul, but from the bottom up in the provinces—we need agricultural specialists and educators; engineers and lawyers.” Where are those specialists?

The president said “I am ordering a substantial increase in our civilians on the ground.” He directed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to develop a diplomatic plan to parallel Gen. McChrystal’s military plan. Where is that plan?

The administration has done virtually nothing in these areas.

muggedbyreality on September 26, 2009 at 12:58 PM

Quick! Let’s pass health care because people will die and have to file bankruptcy.

Quick! Let’s pass this stinky stimulus bill because the world’s economy is relying on us.

Ahhh, but in a true crisis/emergency – like getting troops to Afghanistan – let’s just sit on that awhile until Obama figures out if it will help or hurt his re-election.

Grrrrrrrrrrr- there is nothing this guy won’t do to ruin our country.

HoosierEm on September 26, 2009 at 12:59 PM

Commander in Chief
Two semesters of on the job training, and still playing hooky, blaming heredity.

maverick muse on September 26, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Obama just wanted to hold the office, live in the White House, fly on Air Force One, and get the medical and pension benefits of being President. He didn’t want to have any of the responsibility.

And it shows!

MeAlice on September 26, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Barak Hussein Obama
mmm, mmm, mmm…

Freakin idiot!
prince of dorkness on September 26, 2009 at 12:50 PM
LOL!

+ 1 googolplex

profitsbeard on September 26, 2009 at 12:57 PM

Agreed! I’d like this to be the Number One chant at the next round of Tea Parties. Rub their noses in it. Every time CNN sticks a camera in your face, give ‘em a big smile and say “BARAK HUSEIN OBAMA MMM MMM MMM”

MikeA on September 26, 2009 at 1:01 PM

How much you want to bet they’re looking for a way to play the continued support for the war in Afghanistan issue as a backroom negotiating tool to coerce some pols into supporting Obamacare?

Dusty on September 26, 2009 at 1:03 PM

This incompetent is heading for Viet Nam II.

n0doz on September 26, 2009 at 1:04 PM

Still voting present and waiting for the poll results.

Speakup on September 26, 2009 at 1:04 PM

Why is the song “Send in the Clowns” running through my head???

PappaMac on September 26, 2009 at 1:04 PM

This is just shameful. Shame on you Barack Hussein Obama. Mmm-mmm-mmm.

Key West Reader on September 26, 2009 at 1:05 PM

So far he has done a good job of fighting the war in Afghanistan,

Uh…no. Obama’s “rules” have put the military in more jeopardy than ever. You can’t win a war when you’re forced to fight it like schoolyard dodgeball.

This has become all about Obama’s political agenda; You can almost see the thought rolling around behind his arrogant eyes; “How will my decisions here affect my healthcare plan?”

anniekc on September 26, 2009 at 1:06 PM

Why is the song “Send in the Clowns” running through my head???

PappaMac on September 26, 2009 at 1:04 PM

Cause your old. Like me!

/love that song

Key West Reader on September 26, 2009 at 1:06 PM

Scum Bag is too decent a characterization for this Commie.
//////
You got that right.Every day it is something with this person,something he has said or going to do to tear down this country!It’s a neverending battle.

ohiobabe on September 26, 2009 at 1:07 PM

But, guys, as they’re shooting at you, don’t forget to read them their rights. Barack Hussein Obama. Mmm mmm mm. Blech.

kingsjester on September 26, 2009 at 1:07 PM

Every time CNN sticks a camera in your face, give ‘em a big smile and say “BARAK HUSEIN OBAMA MMM MMM MMM”

MikeA on September 26, 2009 at 1:01 PM

lol

From your lips to God’s ears!

Or, on a mundane, but more effective political plane:

From everyones’ keyboard to Sarah Palin’s facebook page!
This little goofback (the satiric equivalent of “blowback”)would squelch a lot of the MIA Media’s
attempts to pimp for their Figurehead (Barry The Youngster)

Throw their puling puke back in their pompous pusses.

Mmmm …mmmm…..mmmm!

profitsbeard on September 26, 2009 at 1:09 PM

I won.

I’m present.
/////
I am an empty suit!

ohiobabe on September 26, 2009 at 1:10 PM

One of the many accomplishments of The One- graduate, summa cum laude, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Warfighting.

BKeyser on September 26, 2009 at 1:10 PM

“Right now the focus is on the strategic assessment itself. It (the troop request) will be shelved until such time that the White House is ready,” a defense official said in Washington.
America has been waiting long too long for Obama to show leadership. We are ready now Obama, waiting for your sratedgy is turning public opinion against the war and good men and women are dying. Give the American armed forces what they need now. Health care and cap and trade can wait.

fourdeucer on September 26, 2009 at 1:10 PM

Strategic assessment has nothing to do with troop strength. It has to do with polls here in the states and what Chris Matthews and Olbermann might say……
I’m sure the troops on the ground are happy to know there seems to be no rush in getting the resources that the commanders feel that they need over there.
Just be patient boys and girls. And keep your head down.

JeffinOrlando on September 26, 2009 at 1:10 PM

Oh- and I thought I’d pass this along in case some of you haven’t received yours yet:

An Invitation

BKeyser on September 26, 2009 at 1:11 PM

I’m sure the troops on the ground are happy to know there seems to be no rush in getting the resources that the commanders feel that they need over there.
Just be patient boys and girls. And keep your head down.

JeffinOrlando on September 26, 2009 at 1:10 PM

Once again. Take a look. What a difference.

Key West Reader on September 26, 2009 at 1:12 PM

You can almost see the thought rolling around behind his arrogant eyes; “How will my decisions here affect my healthcare plan?”

[anniekc on September 26, 2009 at 1:06 PM]

Yeah, I see the same thing. I see Obama’s cronies mulling a way to imply to Bluedogs, “You want to run on supporting Obamacare or losing a war?”

Dusty on September 26, 2009 at 1:13 PM

Spending time away from the Oval Office, especially time with the media, NOT IMMEDIATELY STUDYING HIS GENERAL’S RECOMMENDATION, Obama bastardizes the presidency.

Barak Hussein Obama
mmm, mmm, mmm…

Freakin idiot!
prince of dorkness on September 26, 2009 at 12:50 PM

BHO gags McChrystal with duct tape on the report and over the mouth….MMM! MMM! MMM!

maverick muse on September 26, 2009 at 1:13 PM

The White House says it wants to review the entire strategy for the region before considering McChrystal’s request.

How long will this take? Each day on average we lose 3-5 soldiers in the region. This is not about reviewing the regional strategy, this is about the death of American soldiers due to Obama taking time to contemplate the strategy. All or none Obama-either get our soldiers the support they need or get us the hell outta there!
– C.Taylor A milspouse.

canditaylor68 on September 26, 2009 at 1:13 PM

I won.

I’m present.

I am an empty suit!

Mmmmmm….mmmmm…..mmmm!

ohiobabe on September 26, 2009 at 1:10 PM

FIFY.

MMM

(Mmmmm……mmmmmmm….mmmm.)

profitsbeard on September 26, 2009 at 1:13 PM

Oh- and I thought I’d pass this along in case some of you haven’t received yours yet:

I’m not sure I can even survive the one.

anniekc on September 26, 2009 at 1:13 PM

Why is the song “Send in the Clowns” running through my head???

PappaMac on September 26, 2009 at 1:04 PM

Cause your old. Like me!

/love that song

Key West Reader on September 26, 2009 at 1:06 PM

Add the encore, “Fool up on the hill.”

maverick muse on September 26, 2009 at 1:15 PM

All or none Obama-either get our soldiers the support they need or get us the hell outta there!
– C.Taylor A milspouse.

canditaylor68 on September 26, 2009 at 1:13 PM

This, more than anything exposes the hypocrisy of the left; Where the hell are the anti-war demonstrators? Is it “O.K.” for soldiers to die under Obama’s watch, or something?

anniekc on September 26, 2009 at 1:15 PM

This, more than anything exposes the hypocrisy of the left; Where the hell are the anti-war demonstrators? Is it “O.K.” for soldiers to die under Obama’s watch, or something?

anniekc on September 26, 2009 at 1:15 PM

Hypocrisy at its height.

It was all just anti-Bush protestation, had nothing to do with anything other than beating the whipping boy.

maverick muse on September 26, 2009 at 1:17 PM

This is insane. Healthcare can wait, since it is so obvious he is biding his time with Afghanistan out of fear for losing his currently comatose base.

Too far gone are the days when partisan politics ended at our shores.

Free Constitution on September 26, 2009 at 1:18 PM

– C.Taylor A milspouse.

canditaylor68 on September 26, 2009 at 1:13 PM

God Bless you and your family and your Husband.

Key West Reader on September 26, 2009 at 1:18 PM

Trent1289 on September 26, 2009 at 12:47 PM

There are 4 dead Marines because they were refused artillery support when they were ambushed precisely because of Odummy’s rules of engagement.

Is your head so far up your messiah’s a$$ that you missed that?

jdkchem on September 26, 2009 at 1:18 PM

Is it “O.K.” for soldiers to die under Obama’s watch, or something?

anniekc on September 26, 2009 at 1:15 PM

Watch?

I think he has THE Bill Ayers Commenorative Issue ROL3X.

(The one made in Russia.)

profitsbeard on September 26, 2009 at 1:19 PM

And let me be very clear: when I am Commander-in-Chief, I will seek out, listen to, and respect the views of military commanders. Under this Administration, too often we have seen civilian control turned into an expectation that the uniformed military will be punished if they tell the President what he needs to know, rather than what he wants to hear. When I am President, the buck will stop with me, but we will restore trust and open dialogue between the military and civilian leadership.

Aside from the slap at Gen. Petraeus, this campaign promise also came with an expiration date. Gen. McChrystal has told Obama what he needs to know. It was up to Obama to listen, but he just stuck his fingers in his ears.

unclesmrgol on September 26, 2009 at 1:20 PM

Obama: Meat Puppet

Key West Reader on September 26, 2009 at 1:21 PM

stuck his fingers in his ears.

unclesmrgol on September 26, 2009 at 1:20 PM

Wrong oraface.

Key West Reader on September 26, 2009 at 1:22 PM

I’m telling you. This is what happened in Vietnam when the Dems were trying to develop a new strategery to accommodate conflicting political ideologies within the party. Meanwhile men and women will die. Good god y’all.
Randy

williars on September 26, 2009 at 1:22 PM

a.) I assume ADM Mullen and ADM Stavridis have an opinion on the strategy, for both have been in their respective positions long enough. I assume they would like to win. Perhaps they should lead, one way or the other. They are not politicians, but warriors. They either tell the President how to win the war or tell him how to minimize the damage–but they do it today. They should have thought this through by now, regardless of what the White House wants. The CJCS is the chief military advisor to the President. So advise, and then let the man in charge make his decision whenever he decides to get around to it.

I sincerely hope we don’t have a Vietnam JCS redux situation here, but I have my doubts. Never did like Mullen’s CNO reading list anyway…too many business books, which was a bad sign. I believe the good Admiral initially opposed the Iraq surge also, though my memory is somewhat hazy. I can only imagine the Army spitting nails if the Navy pushes to lose another war…

a.) Mr. Obama is going to have to pick the Kos Kids or the nation. He cannot have both.

Horatius on September 26, 2009 at 1:22 PM

That’s what Gates does. He’s a company man: He was against the Surge, he’s a non-partisan guy, he’s happy to mold the truth to fit his boss’s needs
CK MacLeod on September 26, 2009 at 12:57 PM

Witness his brilliant strategy of helping our allies in Eastern Europe by defending against missiles that can’t reach them anyway. What a farce.

mcassill on September 26, 2009 at 1:25 PM

Sillier than a Brian Rix farce!

OldEnglish on September 26, 2009 at 1:26 PM

Michelle and Billy Ayers haven’t told President Pantywaist what to do yet. Michelle has a lot of photo ops talking about art and Billy is busy creating songs for little kids to adore Bama with. Soros wants us to lose but not until he has bought enough of the country…

Dereliction of duty. A firing squad would be too kind. Drop the lot of them in there, pull all the troops and see if Bama can talk his way out.

Harry Schell on September 26, 2009 at 1:27 PM

What a farce.

mcassill on September 26, 2009 at 1:25 PM

Heh! In concert.

OldEnglish on September 26, 2009 at 1:27 PM

It was up to Obama to listen, but he just stuck his fingers in his ears.

Give The Lightworker some credit. Do you realize how hard it is to stick your fingers in your ears when you’ve got your head up your ass?

Cicero43 on September 26, 2009 at 1:27 PM

Mr. Obama is going to have to pick the Kos Kids or the nation. He cannot have both.

He’s already made his selection. And it ain’t us.

Cicero43 on September 26, 2009 at 1:28 PM

It’s very sad watching a once great military, economic and social power turn into a weak, slithering imitation of “Idiology” . . . or perhaps not an imitation.

rplat on September 26, 2009 at 1:29 PM

It’s official. He has no idea what he’s doing, officially.

bridgetown on September 26, 2009 at 1:30 PM

C’mon y’all. Obama can’t be worried about our troops’ safety. It might interview with being on television. Or Date Night.

kingsjester on September 26, 2009 at 1:30 PM

How much you want to bet they’re looking for a way to play the continued support for the war in Afghanistan issue as a backroom negotiating tool to coerce some pols into supporting Obamacare?

Dusty on September 26, 2009 at 1:03 PM

Wouldn’t be surprised. I hope if it is happening that those politicians have the courage to say NO and expose it. One can only hope.

conservative pilgrim on September 26, 2009 at 1:30 PM

Aside from the slap at Gen. Petraeus, this campaign promise also came with an expiration date. Gen. McChrystal has told Obama what he needs to know. It was up to Obama to listen, but he just stuck his fingers in his ears.

unclesmrgol on September 26, 2009 at 1:20 PM

The ball is now officially back in McChrystal’s court,…he’ll have to decide how long he wants to wait, although it looks like the Pentagon is the speed bump in the closest proximity.

a capella on September 26, 2009 at 1:30 PM

interview=interfere
oops.

kingsjester on September 26, 2009 at 1:31 PM

That’s what Gates does. He’s a company man: He was against the Surge, he’s a non-partisan guy, he’s happy to mold the truth to fit his boss’s needs (have you heard his repeated comments about military options vis-a-vis Iran?). It’s almost as silly to see Gates as a conservative voice in the Administration as it ever was to see Hillary as one.

CK MacLeod on September 26, 2009 at 12:57 PM

Colin Powell Jr.

Monica on September 26, 2009 at 1:31 PM

Obamacare IS the Obama strategy. All else is distracting smoke and mirrors- including Afghaaneestahn. Hope n’ Change.

Fletch54 on September 26, 2009 at 1:31 PM

We need General Tommie Franks.

PappaMac on September 26, 2009 at 1:32 PM

I WON became I LOST I AM LOST.

ThePrez on September 26, 2009 at 12:41 PM

FIFY

VoyskaPVO on September 26, 2009 at 1:32 PM

The ball is now officially back in McChrystal’s court,…he’ll have to decide how long he wants to wait, although it looks like the Pentagon is the speed bump in the closest proximity.

a capella on September 26, 2009 at 1:30 PM

I think he should resign in protest within 2 weeks and expose obama for what he is. A complete an utter failure, a disgrace to our Nation, a fraud and an incompetent political hack.

Key West Reader on September 26, 2009 at 1:32 PM

Speaking of the War on Terror, one brave reporter in Boston broke a story this week that the State-Controlled Media has until now covered up-namely that Eric Holder has relaxed many of the prison restrictions on Shoe Bomber Richard Reid.

http://news.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view.bg?articleid=1198659&srvc=home&position=emailed

excerpt

Airplane shoe bomber Richard C. Reid no longer faces severe limits on his prison activities or communications after the Obama administration quietly ended years of hard-nosed curbs against the British-born al-Qaeda terrorist.

This summer the Justice Department halted six years of measures that kept Reid from associating or praying with fellow jailed Muslim terrorists, and limited his access to the news media and pen pals.

That move has outraged victims of al-Qaeda and security experts. The recommendation to lift the restrictions was made with input from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston, which prosecuted Reid in 2002, federal officials said.

Del Dolemonte on September 26, 2009 at 1:34 PM

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