Once?

posted at 10:12 am on September 28, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

How often would one imagine that a wartime President, as Commander in Chief, would meet in the first eight months of his term with the overall commander of the theater of war that this President had said was too often overlooked by his predecessor?  Once a month?  Especially given how much public consideration this President has given the political and strategic questions of the fight, perhaps that might be once a week over the last couple of months?

How about once a … lifetime?

The military general credited for capturing Saddam Hussein and killing the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq says he has only spoken to President Obama once since taking command of Afghanistan.

“I’ve talked to the president, since I’ve been here, once on a VTC ,” General Stanley McChrystal told CBS reporter David Martin in a television interview that aired Sunday.

“You’ve talked to him once in 70 days?” Mr. Martin followed up.

“That is correct,” the general replied.

In June 2008, Barack Obama said that it was time for a redeployment from Iraq that “refocuses on Afghanistan and our broader security interests.”  In the same speech, he committed to “taking the fight to al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan. … as President, I will make the fight against al Qaeda and the Taliban the top priority that it should be. This is a war that we have to win.”

Five months later, Obama won the election and prepared his transition.  That was ten months ago.  If Afghanistan is his “top priority” and “a war that we have to win,” wouldn’t Obama have carved out a little time in his schedule to meet with the man tasked with winning it more than once since appointing him in June?  It may have forced him to skip a Wagyu beef dinner and perhaps a night on the town in New York City, but those are the sacrifices that a CinC has to make from time to time.

In comparison, how many conversations will Obama have in Copenhagen to land the Olympics for Chicago?  What does that say about the Commander in Chief’s priorities?


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As Commander In Chief, Obama is guilty of “Dereliction of Duty”, and should be court marshalled. Should be, but won’t. Don’t want to start a trend of prosecuting criminal behavior in this administration.

Cybergeezer on September 28, 2009 at 10:53 AM

Clarifying note: Obama has NEVER met McChrystal face to face. Never.

faraway on September 28, 2009 at 10:49 AM
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Great point!

ohiobabe on September 28, 2009 at 10:54 AM

It is time Bob (not Bill) Gates, Mike Mullen, the entire joint chiefs of staff, and Gen. McChrystal demand a meeting with Obama and give him a teachable moment .

fourdeucer on September 28, 2009 at 10:55 AM

Disgusting hypocrite who said anything to get elected. And the guilty and the gullible couldn’t see through the lies.

BardMan on September 28, 2009 at 10:15 AM

My sentiment too.

TheAlamos on September 28, 2009 at 10:55 AM

It’s worse than you think ……

General McCrystal: “Hello Mr. President, thank you for taking the time to speak with me. It is so important that you have a full grasp on what is going on over here and what it’s going to take to win the war in Afghanistan.”

Obama: “Present”

General McCrystal: “Hello ….. Hello …… Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot.”

fogw on September 28, 2009 at 10:56 AM

and (God forbid), maybe the Dinosaur Media.

Scott P on September 28, 2009 at 10:53 AM
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Are you kidding?How I wish that were true.They are tickled he is ignoring Afg.

ohiobabe on September 28, 2009 at 10:56 AM

Why would Obama need to talk to the General?

He has years of experience playing Risk and Stratego.

That’s more than enough to play with the lives of 50,000 people isn’t it.

And besides, he’s the smartest person in the world.

He tells us all the time how stupid we are.

notagool on September 28, 2009 at 10:57 AM

General McCrystal: “Hello ….. Hello …… Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot.”

fogw on September 28, 2009 at 10:56 AM
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Anybody home?:)If it weren’t so serious,it would be hilarious!

ohiobabe on September 28, 2009 at 10:57 AM

Clarifying note: Obama has NEVER met McChrystal face to face. Never.

faraway on September 28, 2009 at 10:49 AM

Afganistan, Iran, Israel… $hit’s hitting the fan everywhere and all Obama cares about is redistributing wealth. No wonder Hillary’s unhappy. Her arse is out there flapping in the wind and Obama doesn’t care.

The GOP might as well start campaigning for 2010 and 2012 right now. Start talking about fiscal responsbility, lower taxes, insurance reform (not healthcare reform), and a strong national defense and strong military.

Oink on September 28, 2009 at 10:57 AM

This whole lobbying for the Olympics things just adds to the totalitarian creepiness of the Obama regime. Dear Leader no doubt has visions of Hitler hosting the ’36 Berlin games dancing, errrr goose stepping in his head.

TheAdmiral on September 28, 2009 at 10:58 AM

fourdeucer on September 28, 2009 at 10:55 AM

CODE RED!?!?

PappaMac on September 28, 2009 at 10:59 AM

This whole lobbying for the Olympics things just adds to the totalitarian creepiness of the Obama regime. Dear Leader no doubt has visions of Hitler hosting the ‘36 Berlin games dancing, errrr goose stepping in his head.

TheAdmiral on September 28, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Bingo. Major creepy.

faraway on September 28, 2009 at 10:59 AM

How about this benefit of the doubt…

Perhaps the President was giving the General room to do his job? Chain of Command would be used for sitreps from the ground which would mean SecDef and/or CENTCOM actually giving briefings and NOT theater commander?

The fact that GEN McChrystal has met once with the President doesn’t concern me as much as his troop request not getting the attention it deserves. The fact that SecDef has sidelined the request tells me that the President has directed it to be sidelined.

THAT is the issue here. Making a big deal of personal meetings borders on petty especially considering there are two layers of CoC between McChrystal and CinC.

Pilgrim on September 28, 2009 at 10:59 AM

mmm, mmmm, mmm, Barak Hussein Obama…..

R Square on September 28, 2009 at 11:00 AM

Dude, that is with the Czar is for.

Don’t bog Obama down with the details. Didn’t he appoint a Czar to handle all the Afgan/Iraq stuff? It is handled.

barnone on September 28, 2009 at 11:02 AM

All I can think about is Obama’s campaign slogan “Judgment to Lead.” Apparently, it was just another slogan cooked up by Axlerod with no basis in fact.

Bru on September 28, 2009 at 11:02 AM

As Commander In Chief, Obama is guilty of “Dereliction of Duty”, and should be court marshalled. Should be, but won’t. Don’t want to start a trend of prosecuting criminal behavior in this administration.

Cybergeezer on September 28, 2009 at 10:53 AM

Common guys. Be honest.

Teh Won has been distancing himself from the uniform men. He has to keep his “integrity” with respect to his Anti-Military, Anti-War, and Anti-American voters/fans.

He only has to show up with the troop when there’s a “STRONG”, urgent need, ie., when the pro-strong America blue dogs are forcing him to or … when the topic of “defence” cannot be outrightly avoided.

Everything about the Teh Won is “IMAGE” and “ELECTION”. No substance. No. nada. nothing at all.

So there.

TheAlamos on September 28, 2009 at 11:02 AM

How about this benefit of the doubt
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Ummm,well,maybe because we don’t have alot of time considering there are soldiers dying pretty often over there! OUR SOLDIERS,PROTECTING US,KEEPING US FREE,ABLE TO DO AS WE PLEASE, WELL SO FAR!

ohiobabe on September 28, 2009 at 11:02 AM

rebuzz on September 28, 2009 at 10:24 AM

While I will pray that you are proven wrong. I am terribly afraid that you are correct.

chemman on September 28, 2009 at 11:03 AM

This guy is on an ever lasting infomercial. He has had 66 television interviews. He can’t govern, he can only campaign. This governing stuff is just too complicated.

Alibali on September 28, 2009 at 11:03 AM

My favorite words that I long for… “former President Obama”

faraway on September 28, 2009 at 11:03 AM

Someone is playing a huge practical joke on us, right? No way sensible people really voted for this guy last November.

joedoe on September 28, 2009 at 11:04 AM

Who needs to talk to Generals, when you have imaginary World Leaders to give you advice?

franksalterego on September 28, 2009 at 11:04 AM

Unless the General can help Barry on his doomed to failure health care reform effort or on covering up his vote stealing efforts regarding ACORN, what do they have to talk about?

Barry’s job is about promoting Barry and getting what Barry wants. It’s not about the country or national security.

NoDonkey on September 28, 2009 at 11:04 AM

There’s only one command Brave Sir Obama plans on giving the general…

RUN AWAY! FLEE! Advance in the other direction!!

evilned on September 28, 2009 at 11:04 AM

Well, if he wants to meet with the president, he should get himself booked on The View…or whatever talk show Obama’s appearing on next.

DrAllecon on September 28, 2009 at 11:04 AM

Who will benefit the most from the Olympics coming to Chicago? Any Chicago slum lords close to this situation?

joedoe on September 28, 2009 at 11:06 AM

In the mean time Obama is packing to head to Denmark to push Chicago’s bid for the olympics. All the while men and women in uniform waiting for their leader to actually f-ing lead. Time for politics and politicians to get the hell out of military affairs and let the real men and women do the heavy work. This guy is a total “f” stick and I’m ready for him to fade into oblivion.

Let me be clear: Barack Obama does not care about the military. Period, the end.

milwife88 on September 28, 2009 at 11:07 AM

This sickens me.

SouthernGent on September 28, 2009 at 11:08 AM

Ed: I agree with you point however for the record, I do believe the 60 minutes interview was several months back.

Maybe I’m off base and most will not agree with me, however I was more taken back by the General’s comments on “driving fast”, “wearing body armor”, and the new “ROE” not to mention his 8:30 am briefings with over 100 members including the IAF. I have respect for the General and thank him however I have some major concerns here!

I have many friends who have loved ones over there and I thought our primary “military” mission was to kill the enemy, not to make friends and build a nation.

luckybogey on September 28, 2009 at 11:08 AM

Common guys. Be honest.

TheAlamos on September 28, 2009 at 11:02 AM

I mean ” let’s be honest to ourselves” … as if Obama is really concerned about Strong Defence/Military.

No offense meant

Obama’s whole philosophy is very simple: America is a sinner. The enemies have the right to seek their own ‘justice” against this nation. That’s the essence of his International Apology Tour. He thought that apologies will make every threat go away. Iran is just the proof of his mal-education in terms of foreign policy and American History.

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TheAlamos on September 28, 2009 at 11:08 AM

faraway on September 28, 2009 at 10:59 AM

I’ll second that. I don’t remember Reagan lobbying for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics or Bush Sr. lobbying for the 1992 Atlanta Olympics.

chemman on September 28, 2009 at 11:09 AM

All of the above is bad enough, but the very worst for me is the instant race card that gets played if you or I even dare to disagree with this incredibly scary person masquerading as POTUS. The White House and Congress are holding on-going Amateur Night and the entire rest of the world is just marking time until these fools bring the entire country to its knees. An act that may have already happened!

GoldenEagle4444 on September 28, 2009 at 11:09 AM

Let me be clear: Barack Obama does not care about the military. Period, the end.

milwife88 on September 28, 2009 at 11:07 AM

No doubt about that,he’s the prez,he won,and voted in by numbskulls who think the same.

ohiobabe on September 28, 2009 at 11:09 AM

“I can see you’re really upset about this. I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a stress pill and think things over.”

R Square on September 28, 2009 at 11:12 AM

but the very worst for me is the instant race card
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So what? The race card doesn’t scare me and never will.I am not a racist so nothing they do can make me believe I am.These imbeciles don’t debate an issue,they just resort to name-calling…..Big Whoop!

ohiobabe on September 28, 2009 at 11:12 AM

“You’ve talked to him once in 70 days?” Mr. Martin followed up.

“That is correct,” the general replied.

Clearly McChrystal knows nothing about the art of war. He should have open up at least one ACORN office.

MB4 on September 28, 2009 at 11:13 AM

“In comparison, how many conversations will Obama have in Copenhagen to land the Olympics for Chicago? What does that say about the Commander in Chief’s priorities?”

You folks who are not from Illinois, just don’t understand. When Rich Daley says that the President has to go to Copenhagen, the President must comply.

Special Forces Grunt on September 28, 2009 at 11:14 AM

“I can see you’re really upset about this. I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly
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Yeah,mr. cold himself,the coward who runs away and votes present. I agree with someone else on here,the nicest words will be ,”the former prez”.

ohiobabe on September 28, 2009 at 11:15 AM

I agree with the posters who think Obama should be penalized in some way. He is grossly negligent and incompetent on so many fronts that it boggles the mind.

ReneePA on September 28, 2009 at 11:17 AM

How about this benefit of the doubt
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Ummm,well,maybe because we don’t have alot of time considering there are soldiers dying pretty often over there! OUR SOLDIERS,PROTECTING US,KEEPING US FREE,ABLE TO DO AS WE PLEASE, WELL SO FAR!

ohiobabe on September 28, 2009 at 11:02 AM

Benefit of the doubt? I don’t think so. When it comes to foreign policy, it must always be CLEAR and CERTAIN.

Bush policy was clear and certain …. but he failed miserably in explaining them vis-a-vis the real threat.

Now I understand why McCain joked about “bombing Iran” – although a foul one, it revealed that the key people in the Government knew all these “not so new” revelations from Adminahdjab (whatever his name is).

Last time I looked: We gave Clinton’s foreign policy a “benefit of the doubt” in the 1990s. Clinton didn’t do anything despite a series of bombings around the world (including here) during his terms. His own policy culminated into 9/11 tragedy.

TheAlamos on September 28, 2009 at 11:17 AM

And your point is what?

That our president is a narcissist that is still in campaign mode?

Wake me in three years.

Next.

connertown on September 28, 2009 at 11:18 AM

This is just unbelievable, even for H’s very low, low standards.

WisCon on September 28, 2009 at 11:18 AM

First I think the CIC is a turd! But, I’m gonna go out on a limb here… What if the announcement to head to Copenhagen on an Olympic PR junket actually turns into a surprise visit to Afganistan to get a first hand look at what is going on and meet directly with his commanders? I wouldn’t put it past the Big 0 to pull a stunt like that to build up his Foreign Policy bonafides and make his opposition look foolish. This of course doesn’t excuse in any way his failure to meet more frequently with his military commanders which is teetering on the verge of reckless endangerment of the American people,

glennbo on September 28, 2009 at 11:19 AM

“In comparison, how many conversations will Obama have in Copenhagen to land the Olympics for Chicago? What does that say about the Commander in Chief’s priorities?”

You folks who are not from Illinois, just don’t understand. When Rich Daley says that the President has to go to Copenhagen, the President must comply.

Special Forces Grunt on September 28, 2009 at 11:14 AM

Not exactly. We get it. This President is a Puppet of many communist (= appeasement/anti-war, pls. see CPUSA and DSUSA bylaws) czars in the White House. These czars came from Chicago DSA.

TheAlamos on September 28, 2009 at 11:22 AM

I don’t know why Obama and McChrystal don’t get along better. Not only did Obama pick McChrystal but McChrystal has clearly been trying to turn American troops in Afghanistan into community organizers. Obama should be pleased.

MB4 on September 28, 2009 at 11:23 AM

In the President’s defense, he did need to rehearse for 196 speeches and the Letterman show.

applebutter on September 28, 2009 at 11:25 AM

What if the announcement to head to Copenhagen on an Olympic PR junket actually turns into a surprise visit to Afganistan to get a first hand look at what is going on and meet directly with his commanders?

Yeah, Obama and Hillary, running around Afganistan, dodging bullets again. Better send Sinbad with them to keep them safe (or to help them remember the facts).

lionheart on September 28, 2009 at 11:25 AM

9 months of the Obama “The Good War” sloganeering and counting…

Obama Death Count

Fletch54 on September 28, 2009 at 11:26 AM

I’ve been wondering, with all the speeches, sometimes more than one per day, and television appearances, when does the rookie actually have time to read up on what he’s doing?

applebutter on September 28, 2009 at 11:27 AM

Actually, it would have been zero times had not the incompetent WH switchboard operator mis-dialed the VTC. The operator was trying to get ahold of the president of NBC.

olesparkie on September 28, 2009 at 11:29 AM

Commander Coward-in-Chief

infidel4life on September 28, 2009 at 11:30 AM

If McChrystal can salvage Afghanistan, he doesn’t deserve a promotion. He deserves sainthood.

And as for “meeting” with Obama once, I can’t knock the POTUS for that. From what I’ve seen from McChrystal, he’s not somebody who gets along well with bureaucracy, so faulting Obama for forcing more bureaucracy upon a wartime general isn’t something I’m going to do.

However, it’s obvious Obama doesn’t have Afghanistan as a priority, or he’d be on the Pentagon to give McChrystal what he needs on a daily basis. I’m sure McCain would have had doubled the number of helicopters in Afghanistan by now.

Hoping real hard that something good happens while you’re focusing on other issues, like the Olympics or a Health Care Boondoggle, is simple mismanagement.

Nethicus on September 28, 2009 at 11:31 AM

What if the announcement to head to Copenhagen on an Olympic PR junket actually turns into a surprise visit to Afganistan to get a first hand look at what is going on and meet directly with his commanders?
glennbo on September 28, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Then it is a dumb-arsed strategy because it makes it look like he changed his mind a the last minute and flitted off to Afghanistan instead of Denmark. That he wanted to have roast goat instead of boiled ham.

The reality of the situtation is not the physical presence in Copenhagen or not. It’s the fact that he is dithering away with troops in harm’s way. It will take three months or so to get troops into theater when the commander has stated that the whole endeavor could be lost in 12. Yet the filthy liar coward in the White House sees no need to rush into a decision. Troops are being killed and he’s more decisive about picking a damned puppy than he has been about leading in Afghanistan. It is a gross dereliction of his oath of office and the troops deserve better than the swine infesting the Presidency.

highhopes on September 28, 2009 at 11:31 AM

Coward-in-Chief

infidel4life on September 28, 2009 at 11:30 AM
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Now that sums it up for me too!

ohiobabe on September 28, 2009 at 11:33 AM

Hoping real hard that something good happens while you’re focusing on other issues, like the Olympics or a Health Care Boondoggle, is simple mismanagement.

Nethicus on September 28, 2009 at 11:31 AM

Hope isn’t a strategy. As I posted above. The troops deserve better than to be placed in priorities behind healthcare reform, state seizure of the financial industry, the Olympics, and the choice as to which dog to adopt.

highhopes on September 28, 2009 at 11:34 AM

9 months of the Obama “The Good Right War” sloganeering and counting…

Obama Death Count

Fletch54 on September 28, 2009 at 11:26 AM

Correction as per Government Media. Use the “right” term.

Actually the Right War is only referring to Afghanistan (wrt to the Wrong War Iraq).

Relatedly, Iran is a different animal. Dealing with Iran is not war as per Obama/WH. It’s called “Negotiation without pre-conditions”.

TheAlamos on September 28, 2009 at 11:34 AM

I can’t even rant about this idiot. I’m just so ashamed. WHY would anyone want to serve their country under his, (ha) leadership?.

anniekc on September 28, 2009 at 11:36 AM

What if the announcement to head to Copenhagen on an Olympic PR junket actually turns into a surprise visit to Afganistan to get a first hand look at what is going on and meet directly with his commanders?

glennbo on September 28, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Even if he does, which I would applaud, Ed’s timely post will only confirm the perception that Obama’s only being reactive, not proactive.

Perception being reality, and all that crap.

Scott P on September 28, 2009 at 11:36 AM

Wow. One just kind of assumes that these meetings take place kind of frequently, you know, so the president can get briefed on such matters and be in the loop about what’s going on. Every single day we find another way in which this president fails to lead. I knew he wasn’t going to be a good leader and that he had no executive experience, that’s why I didn’t vote for him. But in my wildest dreams I never thought he would be as bad as this. Maybe if Letterman did a show over in Afghanistan it would get the president’s attention.

scalleywag on September 28, 2009 at 11:37 AM

What if the announcement to head to Copenhagen on an Olympic PR junket actually turns into a surprise visit to Afganistan to get a first hand look at what is going on and meet directly with his commanders?
glennbo on September 28, 2009 at 11:19 AM Then it is a dumb-arsed strategy because it makes it look like he changed his mind a the last minute and flitted off to Afghanistan instead of Denmark. That he wanted to have roast goat instead of boiled ham.
highhopes on September 28, 2009 at 11:31 AM

I disagree. It takes some advanced planning to arrange for the security that would be necessary for a visit by the President. On your other point, I agree.

glennbo on September 28, 2009 at 11:38 AM

Commander in Chief? It’s drip, drip. drip with this idiot. Obamacare, Cap &Trade, Stimulus Bill, ACORN, SEIU, Card Check, Illegal Aliens,Venezuela, Cuba, Iran, ad nauseum.damn close to However, when it comes to the failure of our POTUS to protect and preserve our country from foreign and domestic sources Obama is non existent. Bill Gates has proven to be nothing but a lackey for Obama, and that my dear friends , leaves our military commanders twisting in the wind.

Big Nicholas on September 28, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Jimmy Carter’s position as most incompetent President is in serious jeopardy. This presidency would be comical if it didn’t have such serious repercussions.

Linnea on September 28, 2009 at 11:39 AM

(remember to click your fingers!)

Barack Hussein Obama
Ummm Ummm Ummm
When faced with problems in our land
He said that all must lend a hand
Ummm Ummm Ummm
But faced with problems with the war
He’d rather be a movie star
Ummm Ummm Ummm
His plans go south and come undone
He’s headed north in Air Force One
Ummm Ummm Ummm
But twenty twelve will come, no doubt
We’ll lend a hand and vote him out.
Ummm Ummm Ummm
Bye-bye Barack Obama…ummm ummm ummm

ziggyville on September 28, 2009 at 11:39 AM

sorry left out the word “treason”.

Big Nicholas on September 28, 2009 at 11:40 AM

This should be interesting — and it is:

One way to accomplish that, McChrystal wrote, is to target insurgent networks “to disrupt and degrade” their effectiveness. Another is to expose what he calls the insurgents’ “flagrant contravention of the principles of the Koran,” including indiscriminate use of violence and terrorism, and attacks on schools and development projects.

Or, in the full context of McChrystal’s assessment:

A more forceful and offensive StratCom approach must be devised whereby INS [insurgents] are exposed continually for their cultural and religious violations, anti-Islamic and indiscriminate use of violence and terror, and by concentrating on their vulnerabilities. These include their causing ofthe majority of civilian casualties, attacks on education, development projects, and government institutions, and flagrant contravention of the principles of the Koran. These vulnerabilities must be expressed in a manner that exploits the cultural and ideological separation of the INS from the vast majority of the Afghan population.

As many readers will realize, a line like that can only mean one thing. It’s that time again — time to trot out our favorite despicable jihadist, Abu Qatada, whose words of wisdom have time and again helped restore a little sanity to a mad world.

And I’m not kidding. Back in 2003, the man sometimes described as OBL’s “spritual guide” castigated then President Bush, and rightly so, for expounding on the religion of jihad as the religion of peace:

“I am astonished by President Bush when he claims there is nothing in the Koran that justifies jihad or violence in the name of Islam. Is he some kind of Islamic scholar? Has he ever actually read the Koran?”

Substitute “Gen ‘Islam is the Religion of Peace’ McChrystal” for “President ‘Islam is the Religion of Peace’ Bush” in the quotation and maybe we can start getting somewhere.

MB4 on September 28, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Obama as Commander in Chief reminds me of John Laroquette’s character in “Stripes”, when he’s in his office playing with toy tanks and green army men on his desk, pulls the pin on a grenade, then hands it to his corporal . . .

tpitman on September 28, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Even if he does, which I would applaud, Ed’s timely post will only confirm the perception that Obama’s only being reactive, not proactive.

Scott P on September 28, 2009 at 11:36 AM

It’s an issue that needs to be pointed out but the filthy coward has been neither reactive or proactive. He’s essentially let the status quo stay in place. Whether the decision is made to do more with drones (as Hillary Clinton’s side wants) or increase the number of troops (as Gates wants) not doing anything is an unacceptable third path but that is what is exactly going on. The filthy coward has known that there would be a request for more troops and he is dithering away worried about securing the Olympics for all the political spoils that would head Chicago’s way than he is about troops in harm’s way.

highhopes on September 28, 2009 at 11:46 AM

I loathe this man! He’s allowing our soldiers to die and he’s flying to Denmark! Get a freakin clue Mr. President!

Eyvonne on September 28, 2009 at 11:49 AM

I’m pretty sure, up until the General wanted an answer on strategy/troop levels, they were happy that he stayed away and let them do their jobs.

bridgetown on September 28, 2009 at 11:50 AM

Well it’s 1-2-3, what are we fightin for?
Don’t tell Him, He don’t give a damn,
That stuff’s in Afghanistan.
And it’s 5-6-7, much worse than Watergate,
He ain’t got time for general’s whines,
While good men and women die.

noworldcitizen on September 28, 2009 at 11:51 AM

Obama as Commander in Chief reminds me of John Laroquette’s character in “Stripes”, when he’s in his office playing with toy tanks and green army men on his desk, pulls the pin on a grenade, then hands it to his corporal . . .

tpitman on September 28, 2009 at 11:45 AM

HA!!!

“I didn’t know they could DO that”…

Scott P on September 28, 2009 at 11:56 AM

For about 4 months, I have been saying he will be out by the end of the year. The only thing I’m unsure about is whether Biden resigns first (health reasons) so Hillary can be appointed VP.

Make no mistake about it – the ‘vacation’ in Martha’s Vineyard was a ‘come to Jesus’ meeting at which he was told that his usefulness was over and he has to go. That’s why the press was barred from even being in the area.

We ain’t seen nothing yet but Biden doesn’t scare me anywhere near as much as Duh Won.

platypus on September 28, 2009 at 11:57 AM

What would he talk about? He has nothing in common, has no knowledge of what is going on, has no military experience. No one on his staff really has any military experience, or even cares about the military. He barely can muster up a salute.
They have nothing in common, the General wants to protect and defend the nation…Obama has no idea what that means, besides as a literary critic, or a legal exercise.
If he met with the General, after he left, the general, as gracious and as gentlemanly as he is, would just roll his eyes.
I can hardly wait till Obama is out of office, and we begin hearing the real story about how incompetent this CINC is…

right2bright on September 28, 2009 at 11:57 AM

The Olympic/Afghanistan story is a non-story in the State Run Media.

Bleed_thelizard on September 28, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Commander in Chief? A mockery of the post all considered.

I offer that of any Senator in the Obama Congress he is the least qualified to be in this roll.

Hell, even Spector would have made a better one.

FireBlogger on September 28, 2009 at 12:02 PM

I loathe this man! He’s allowing our soldiers to die and he’s flying to Denmark! Get a freakin clue Mr. President!

Eyvonne on September 28, 2009 at 11:49 AM

AMEN!
It has gone beyond us losing our money, now we have a CINC who thinks military mens lives are expendable.
It was TXmon, or someone like that, who skewered me for saying that if we don’t pull out of Afghan, our finest will be left dying in the streets for nothing…a brutal statement, but I believe it with all my heart. No matter how much honor our military soldiers have, our CINC has none. They would risk their lives for him, and he won’t risk a vote for them…
We should not have any of our soldiers in any war zone while Obama is CINC, they will just end up dying for this farce of a leader.

right2bright on September 28, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Obama has General Stanley McChrystal on his mind the way he has ACORN.

Schadenfreude on September 28, 2009 at 12:05 PM

Hell, even Spector would have made a better one.

FireBlogger on September 28, 2009 at 12:02 PM

He couldn’t get enough legs tingling.

Scott P on September 28, 2009 at 12:07 PM

Well it’s 1-2-3, what are we fightin for?
Don’t tell Him, He don’t give a damn,
That stuff’s in Afghanistan.
And it’s 5-6-7, much worse than Watergate,
He ain’t got time for general’s whines,
While good men and women die.

noworldcitizen on September 28, 2009 at 11:51 AM

Dang. First, thats pretty good.
Second, you’re probably as old as dirt (my age is: Paleozoic)

Shambhala on September 28, 2009 at 12:07 PM

Obama has General Stanley McChrystal on his mind the way he has ACORN.

Except, I don’t believe him on ACORN.

Schadenfreude on September 28, 2009 at 12:07 PM

What if the announcement to head to Copenhagen on an Olympic PR junket actually turns into a surprise visit to Afganistan to get a first hand look at what is going on and meet directly with his commanders?

glennbo on September 28, 2009 at 11:19 AM

..then he would have played the toying around with McChrystal’s request for more troops a little closer to the vest instead of spewing out this Bravo Sierra about making sure the underlying strategy was correct before committing more troops — and he would have met with McChrystal more.

Naw, this guy’s a non-serious poseur more concerned with getting the Olympics for his home town than making sure the men and women in our military are safe.

I hope with all my heart that there is a sh*tstorm of flaming turdballs that rain downs on him in 2012 and that he is buried under the mountain of excrement he is flinging around. Nothing can happen to this guy that would be too bad, insofar as I am concerned.

VoyskaPVO on September 28, 2009 at 12:09 PM

What it tells me is that 52% of American voters didn’t give a damn about the C-IN-C hat that Obama would wear or else they bought his line of crap about the war. Either way, they were dumba$$es and I have no use for them unless they wise up and dump his sorry a$$ in 2012. Time to wake up and smell the cordite.

SKYFOX on September 28, 2009 at 12:11 PM

Where does it say that Barry ever “met” with McChrystal? I see no evidence that they ever met, just that they “talked” once via one teleconference.

Barry is waaay too busy pumping up the foot soldiers at the AFL-CIO, and trying to force America’s children to give up much of their summer vacations to take the time to actually meet face to face with his most important Generals.

Buy Danish on September 28, 2009 at 12:13 PM

What if the announcement to head to Copenhagen on an Olympic PR junket actually turns into a surprise visit to Afganistan to get a first hand look at what is going on and meet directly with his commanders?

glennbo on September 28, 2009 at 11:19 AM

More then likely that is what is happening….now.
After reading all the criticism, he will make changes to his schedule, if he doesn’t then it is worse then we can even imagine.
But you know, maybe he will have a few generals over for a beer…

right2bright on September 28, 2009 at 12:25 PM

Dang. First, thats pretty good.
Second, you’re probably as old as dirt (my age is: Paleozoic)

Shambhala on September 28, 2009 at 12:07 PM

Well, I’m pushing the half-century mark, but I remember that old song from my childhood days. At the time my brother was draft age, and that song was pretty popular among many of those guys.

noworldcitizen on September 28, 2009 at 12:26 PM

That’s the same number of times Obama talked to Gen. Odierno via VTC. When he ordered Steven Colbert’s hair cut.

ItsForTheChildren on September 28, 2009 at 12:29 PM

The war in Afghanistan is not high in his priorities.

The priorities for Obama are the war on capitalism and building his cult of personality.

Star20 on September 28, 2009 at 12:34 PM

I seem to remember an interview with one of President Bush’s staff and how they commented that the first and foremost briefing each morning was about the war and the condition of the troops.

Hope and change.

Hening on September 28, 2009 at 12:39 PM

It’s more fun for him to chuckle with David Letterman than to have conferences with McChrystal. Isn’t the President supposed to show us all how to have fun?

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Edouard on September 28, 2009 at 12:41 PM

I want my country back, and I want Sarah Palin to lead it.

jimmy2shoes on September 28, 2009 at 12:43 PM

Dear Americans,

You deserve a collective middle finger from us for electing this man as our Commander in Chief.

Sincerely,

The United States Military

thevastlane on September 28, 2009 at 12:45 PM

He’s a joke.

Unfortunately, the joke’s on us.

Alana on September 28, 2009 at 12:47 PM

He has abandoned these troops.
I guess he’s having too much fun running around leading cheers of “yes we can” or whatever that dribble was! Oh,, and lets not forget all of the parties and magazine covers.

JellyToast on September 28, 2009 at 12:48 PM

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