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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When one notes that the Lying. Racist, Communist,Muslim,Inept CIC has spent more time with Leno and Letterman than with his top general,It makes me want to have him tried for treason and shot! He intends to turn this country over to blacks and radical muslims (which are becoming the same thing) This is not just a political game! The future of the U.S. rides on the outcome of this war with Obama and his DemoCommunist Muslims, Acorn, and all the black caucuses siding with our enemies to destroy America! I have never been more worried about our great country and the American way of life! Unemployment up, foreclosures up, bankruptcies up., and this fool worries about the olympics coming to Chicago to enrich his fellow criminals!!Every lie and every deceit must be opposed!

Marco on September 28, 2009 at 12:50 PM

If…big IF…we are still America in 2012, I wonder if most voters will just be too disgusted to vote. 51% of them should be too ashamed to ever vote again! Fools!

redwhiteblue on September 28, 2009 at 12:52 PM

Unfortunately, America is not his number one priority. His self-adulation is.

kingsjester on September 28, 2009 at 12:55 PM

EXIT STRATEGY: GO TO COPENHAGEN, PARDON POLANSKY, BUY OFF OLYMPIC COMMITTEE, BYPASS MEETING WITH COMMANDER, RETURN FOR DATE WITH SNL………

Rovin on September 28, 2009 at 12:57 PM

To the 52 percent that voted for the D-bag in chief:

You f*cked up! You trusted them.

Chaz706 on September 28, 2009 at 1:00 PM

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

My feelings exactly although I phrased a bit differently, “The fooled and the foolish”. Your phrase works better because Obama and the Democrat ilk are grifters. Grifters can only be successful with the guilty and the gullible, but they can never cheat honest men.

LA Conservative on September 28, 2009 at 1:14 PM

Once?

Well, then at least Barry has to know he has a general there. So many phones, so little time.

Limerick on September 28, 2009 at 1:17 PM

If the Olympics committee has any brains, a big IF, they’ll select Rio, just to show the punk that he’s not the Messiah of the world.

Schadenfreude on September 28, 2009 at 1:26 PM

American treasure bakes in the sun.

American treasure dodges IEDs and incoming mortars.

American sons and daughters spend valuable days in the service of our country.

American families risk their greatest pride and joy in the service in their nation.

What is their return?
A President who fancies the talk show circuit.
A President who dithers on all enemies, particularly, domestic.
A President who, after ignoring the fact that there is a war going on, plans a little jaunt to Denmark…to lobby for the Olympics, for Chicago.

Personally, as a soldier, I am flat out disgusted in this behavior.

Is he the President of Chicago?

Leadership.

ted c on September 28, 2009 at 1:30 PM

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

faraway on September 28, 2009 at 11:03 AM

My favorite headline would be “Obama IMPEACHED!, Senate sends failed executive packing”

Blacksmith8 on September 28, 2009 at 1:32 PM

Blacksmith8 on September 28, 2009 at 1:32 PM

This calls for a political epitaph:

Disgraced former President Barack Obama began his 25 year sentence today at Ft. Leavenworth Federal Prison. After a lengthy trial where the ex-POTUS showboated his waning oratory skills in his own defense, Obama donned the orange jumpsuit of a rank felon to begin his final term after only being in office as president for a scant 10 months. The unanimous jury decision that handed down the guilty verdict on charges of dereliction of duty, corruption, rigging election outcomes and crimes against the Constitution, sealed Obama’s fate as the most corrupt administration in US history.

In other news, President Palin held Ahmadinejad down on the floor of the UN today. No audio was captured but an exquisitely pedicured foot adorned by a 3 inch red stilletto high heeled shoe left a nasty and permanent mark on the neck of the Iranian president. Judging from the “moistness” of Ahmadinejad’s trousers, one could only surmise that the Iranian was a little “wee weeed up.”

ted c on September 28, 2009 at 1:46 PM

The President’s priority isn’t our country or our soldiers.

yoda on September 28, 2009 at 1:51 PM

Obama to soldiers:

“You signed up for it, you go do it!”

Patriotism.

Don’t call me when you need a plane home!

ted c on September 28, 2009 at 1:54 PM

Obama’s call to McChrystal:

“Hey Stan, you got that thing wrapped up there yet?”

ted c on September 28, 2009 at 1:54 PM

The more time passes the more apparent it becomes of what Barry’s true agenda is. The one thing I respected about President Bush was his commitment and sticking to his convictions. Barry lies at will and has no concern for things in Afghanistan. Having spent two tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq I know that we can prevail there. If we leave we all know what happens, if we follow Biden’s plan of concentrating on Al Queada, the Taliban are emboldened and who do they support? Gen. McCrystal is one of the main reasons we were successful in Iraq, he led Special Operations forces, who were paramount to the surge. Not listening to him and Gen Pateaus will bring certain defeat and new terrorist attacks on our nation.

Sven on September 28, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Completely understandable, if we understand BHO.

He does not NEED to speak with Gen. McCrystal because…

It doesn’t MATTER what Gen. McCrystal says.

See how simple it is.

IndieDogg on September 28, 2009 at 2:02 PM

Obama to Afghani-Stan McChrystal:

“Let me be clear, as I’ve said before, Afghanistan is our top priority. Now, let me be clear, stay out of my hair, I have a vacation to plan, an Olympics to land, and 30 minutes on Ellen I’ve got to practice up for.”

Priorities.

ted c on September 28, 2009 at 2:05 PM

When one notes that the Lying. Racist, Communist,Muslim,Inept CIC has spent more time with Leno and Letterman than with his top general,It makes me want to have him tried for treason and shot!

— Marco on September 28, 2009

I know we’re singing to the choir when we say, we could see this inexperienced twit was not Presidential material going in. What Martin Luther King said (judge a person on his character, not his race) was not heeded by a majority of Americans. Martin Luther King is turning over in his grave with shame over what Americans did in the last election, and we now have to ride out the storm. If we only could justify impeaching him… but what has he done to deserve it? His record, or lack thereof, was there for all to see BEFORE he was elected, solely because of his race, but youth and the naive liberals couldn’t see past the color of his skin.

Danzo on September 28, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Absolutely disgusting.

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” – Winston Churchill

stackedeck on September 28, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Well, at least he took the time to fill out his March madness brackets instead.

Scrappy on September 28, 2009 at 2:19 PM

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

jimmy2shoes on September 28, 2009 at 12:43 PM

DUDE!

Blacksmith8 on September 28, 2009 at 2:24 PM

Blacksmith8 on September 28, 2009 at 1:32 PM

This calls for a political epitaph:

Disgraced former President Barack Obama began his 25 year sentence today at Ft. Leavenworth Federal Prison. After a lengthy trial where the ex-POTUS showboated his waning oratory skills in his own defense, Obama donned the orange jumpsuit of a rank felon to begin his final term after only being in office as president for a scant 10 months. The unanimous jury decision that handed down the guilty verdict on charges of dereliction of duty, corruption, rigging election outcomes and crimes against the Constitution, sealed Obama’s fate as the most corrupt administration in US history.

In other news, President Palin held Ahmadinejad down on the floor of the UN today. No audio was captured but an exquisitely pedicured foot adorned by a 3 inch red stilletto high heeled shoe left a nasty and permanent mark on the neck of the Iranian president. Judging from the “moistness” of Ahmadinejad’s trousers, one could only surmise that the Iranian was a little “wee weeed up.”

ted c on September 28, 2009 at 1:46 PM

Heh.
(*clapping*) (*clapping*) and more (*clapping*)
I didn’t know 9/28 was Christmas day. Thank you. It’s just what I wanted.

Blacksmith8 on September 28, 2009 at 2:28 PM

Heh.
(*clapping*) (*clapping*) and more (*clapping*)
I didn’t know 9/28 was Christmas day. Thank you. It’s just what I wanted.

Blacksmith8 on September 28, 2009 at 2:28 PM

free o’ charge.

there’ll be more where that come from …

ted c on September 28, 2009 at 2:43 PM

At some point in the not too distant future, McChrystal will resign, in a dignified way. Military men like him have too much honor to put up with this crap.

Star20 on September 28, 2009 at 3:10 PM

Hannity is sinking his teeth into this right now.

ted c on September 28, 2009 at 3:10 PM

Let me get this right…he has had more face time, and more conversation with Jay Leno then with his general?
He has spent more time on late night tv, and more time talking to late night comedy hosts then with a general leading a war?
That can’t be right…no president of the U.S. would ever be that stupid…….

right2bright on September 28, 2009 at 3:16 PM

I heard that Bush talked to his generals between once a day and once a week.

But that was just because he was not doing more important things, like trying to get us the Olympics or whatever.

Terrye on September 28, 2009 at 3:18 PM

maybe we could get letterman to invite them both so they could talk, at least you know the one would be there.

workingforpigs on September 28, 2009 at 3:19 PM

I can’t get this out of my head:
He has spent more time talking to Ellen deGeneris, Oprah, Letterman, Leno, any one of these individually, then he has with a general in charge of a war…do I have that right?

right2bright on September 28, 2009 at 3:22 PM

Think of it like this:

You’re a soldier or Marine, you’ve spent the last 8-12 hrs watching over the wall of hesco barriers in Khost Afghanistan. You’ve seen RPGs, you’ve seen taliban. You scan every set of eyeballs, every truck, every car and every donkey walking near your post. You may have a girlfriend, a wife, a child back home–things are tight, money is hard, but the tax free income from overseas helps. Day in, day out, stand post, do a patrol, day to day to day. Mom and dad are back home, hoping and praying you’re okay–sending you care packages, coffee, dvd’s and such.

Then, you hear the president hasn’t spoken to YOUR COMMANDER but once…. You’ve seen GEN McChrystal probably 3-4 times, he’s probably given you a coin, patted you on the back, told you to keep your head up and hang in there. Then you hear the president is heading to Denmark, or on vacation, or on Leno….

Morale.

ted c on September 28, 2009 at 3:31 PM

Geez, I thought serving under The Peanut Farmer was bad.

Disgraceful!

Gang-of-One on September 28, 2009 at 3:34 PM

Same as it never was
Same as it never was

Christien on September 28, 2009 at 3:35 PM

Every day you don your ACU’s, cinch up the boots. Check, check, recheck your equipment, clean it, oil it, double dog ensure that it works. reload ammo, check magazines. Go zero, again. You reload batteries, again. Before you head out, same routine, body armor, camelbak, assault pak, mission gear, mag-mag-mag, helmet, eye pro, gloves.

Route, mission, hit, return, casualties.

There’s GEN McChrystal, visiting US! —what about the President,? They haven’t spoke?

WTFO?

ted c on September 28, 2009 at 3:35 PM

No trolls on this thread? Maybe one of them is talking to MaCrystal.

hawkdriver on September 28, 2009 at 3:50 PM

McChrystal…

hawkdriver on September 28, 2009 at 3:53 PM

Whether a troll or Obama is talking w/ McChrystal–the end result would be the same…..

ted c on September 28, 2009 at 3:55 PM

In 9 months, “Barack the Speaker” has eclipsed Jimmah Cahta as worst president ever.

Cybergeezer on September 28, 2009 at 3:57 PM

This calls for a political epitaph:

Disgraced former President Barack Obama began his 25 year sentence today at Ft. Leavenworth Federal Prison. After a lengthy trial where the ex-POTUS showboated his waning oratory skills in his own defense, Obama donned the orange jumpsuit of a rank felon to begin his final term after only being in office as president for a scant 10 months. The unanimous jury decision that handed down the guilty verdict on charges of dereliction of duty, corruption, rigging election outcomes and crimes against the Constitution, sealed Obama’s fate as the most corrupt administration in US history.

In other news, President Palin held Ahmadinejad down on the floor of the UN today. No audio was captured but an exquisitely pedicured foot adorned by a 3 inch red stilletto high heeled shoe left a nasty and permanent mark on the neck of the Iranian president. Judging from the “moistness” of Ahmadinejad’s trousers, one could only surmise that the Iranian was a little “wee weeed up.”

ted c on September 28, 2009 at 1:46 PM

Put me on the list for this book in hardback!

Cybergeezer on September 28, 2009 at 4:04 PM

This is a great piece, Ed, although I’m sure that it is racist.

hillbillyjim on September 28, 2009 at 4:05 PM

“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”

I don’t know, Pilgrim, McChrystal seemed to think it was important or he would have said it wasn’t.

Mae on September 28, 2009 at 4:12 PM

“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”

I don’t know, Pilgrim, McChrystal seemed to think it was important or he would have said it wasn’t.

Mae on September 28, 2009 at 4:12 PM

Despite the CoC–GEN McChrystal is a newly installed commander fighting a war prioritized in Obama’s campaign. Who’s the commander in the Balkans? Who’s the commander in Korea?

One would think that the President, who saw fit to recharacterize Afghanistan as “the ball” could also see fit to put his eyes on that ball and get on the horn with the guy on the ground. Short of that, it appears that Obama is guilty of taking his eyes off of the same damn ball that he so frequently criticized George Bush of doing.

Priorities.

ted c on September 28, 2009 at 4:17 PM

2008-2012: The Obama Administration. One of the most mindnumbing destructive administration in United States History. Combining the economics of Hoover, the corruption of Harding, the antiamericanism of Jimmy the Farmer, the paranoia of Nixon, the politics of Buchanan and the arrogance of Kennedy. See and weep.

nyx on September 28, 2009 at 4:44 PM

I really hate to sound defeatist here, but is it now obvious to all that the idiot in charge has no intention of winning this war? If not, you really aren’t paying attention. That said, we should be pulling our troops back, right now, before it’s even announced. I have no desire to hear about one more American soldier hurt or worse as a result of a CinC that doesn’t care whether they live or die. Since we know we’re going to lose (it’s up to the president, see above), what possible sense does it make to stay a minute longer?

runawayyyy on September 28, 2009 at 4:45 PM

I heard on Hannity radio that McChrystal blames BamBam for the new rules of engagement which won’t allow our troops to act if any civilians are around. How convenient for the Taliban and Al Qaeda.

Is Hannity correct about this allegation?

Buy Danish on September 28, 2009 at 4:49 PM

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” – Winston Churchill

stackedeck on September 28, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Truer words were never spoken. Too bad our children don’t learn history so they could recognize where this government is leading us. They care nothing about the polls showing disgust with their policies/agenda. Their only desire is to get all their legislation passed and “TRANSFORM” America into a third world socialist country. May God have mercy on our country.

hillbilly on September 28, 2009 at 4:53 PM

First Talking Heads reference I’ve seen on HA.
I love it.

Bat Chain Puller on September 28, 2009 at 10:18 AM

Saw an interview in the late 1990s with David Byrne, and the interviewer asked him what he thought of Bill Clinton.

David’s one word answer?

“Scum”.

Del Dolemonte on September 28, 2009 at 5:05 PM

each and every day I wonder what it would take to wake up America.

Chris of Rights on September 28, 2009 at 10:38 AM

Apparently 9/11 didn’t do it.

Del Dolemonte on September 28, 2009 at 5:08 PM

Is Hannity correct about this allegation?

Buy Danish on September 28, 2009 at 4:49 PM

what is your instinct telling you/?

ted c on September 28, 2009 at 5:10 PM

To the 52 percent that voted for the D-bag in chief: Republicans who stayed home from the polls in order to teach their party a “lesson”:

You f*cked up!

Chaz706 on September 28, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Fixed

Del Dolemonte on September 28, 2009 at 5:12 PM

Obamugabe must feel extreme inadequacy when talking to the general.

TheSitRep on September 28, 2009 at 5:19 PM

If you’ve seen this man speak and if you’ve seen Gen. Patraeus speak and Admiral Mullen speak – wow. These men are not just spit shined. They are brilliant guys and this country is soooooooooooo lucky to have the caliber of men and women we do in the service of all of us. God bless.

Cinday Blackburn on September 28, 2009 at 5:29 PM

BO’s MO=travel all over the world apologizing for America’s greatness. Within that context he uses those opportunities to preach to other countries and even to American citizens every chance he gets to say how awful the past (the time before he became president) was and what he is going to do to fix it. He cannot handle anyone at all telling him that his vision is wrong. He states constantly that he is willing to listen, but has yet to show that he has listened to anyone but the far left.

Its in this that we find why BO cannot talk to his generals. He knows that if he does, that it will be front page news and that will upset his base. He knows he cannot risk losing those since those are the only ones left in the polls that are loyal to him. He also knows out of sight out of mind.

I personally think he fears on some level what effect one of his preachings(speeches)would cause if he addressed the military as a whole on a day when he wasnt obligated to address them. Would he apologize for the past of our military? Would he preach to them that his solutions are the only solutions in the new age of Obama for the military-after demoralizing them for their actions before being elected? There was fall-out after the speech to the muslim world from military family members- Then there was the fiasco of making soldiers pay for their combat wounds. Add the extremist tag given to them in the DHS report and a distinct pattern emerges. Is it too risky for Obama to talk to his generals? Obama knows everything he does that is associated with the military with be intensely scrutinized. This exposes Obama’s achilles heel. Talking to the generals belies to the world Obama’s inadequacy in all things military. Thats a fact.

canditaylor68 on September 28, 2009 at 5:32 PM

How many times has he been on Leno?

Dollayo on September 28, 2009 at 5:42 PM

Obama said he had more important things to focus on than the APORN scandal — and cited Afganistan as the most important. But now we see appearing on talk shows and going to Copenhagen to lobby for hosting the Olympics in Chicago is even more important.

mmm mmm mmm
Barking Insane Obama

starboardhelm on September 28, 2009 at 5:46 PM

I really hate to sound defeatist here, but is it now obvious to all that the idiot in charge has no intention of winning this war? If not, you really aren’t paying attention. That said, we should be pulling our troops back, right now, before it’s even announced. I have no desire to hear about one more American soldier hurt or worse as a result of a CinC that doesn’t care whether they live or die. Since we know we’re going to lose (it’s up to the president, see above), what possible sense does it make to stay a minute longer?

runawayyyy on September 28, 2009 at 4:45 PM

I’m hardly a pacifist or an isolationist. That said, it is utterly immoral, utterly disgraceful, and an utter (and impeachable) dereliction of duty for the POTUS to leave American soldiers to stagnate in the line of fire, with no clear commitment to victory.

Fight the damn thing to win or bring our boys & girls home!

Every military family with someone stationed in theater should be livid about Obama’s abdication of responsibility.

Harpazo on September 28, 2009 at 5:49 PM

Krauthammer and others nailed it — Afghanistan was a war of political convenience to the left!

They supported it as a stick to beat Bush and that is all!

LifeTrek on September 28, 2009 at 5:54 PM

Every military family with someone stationed in theater American should be livid about Obama’s abdication of responsibility.

Harpazo on September 28, 2009 at 5:49 PM

FIFY

all of us have skin in the game over there. Not just the ones in uniform.

ted c on September 28, 2009 at 6:21 PM

Question…
How many vacations?

How many times has he been clear?

How many beers did he down w/ Gates?

How many dates on the taxpayer dime?

How many Wednesday afternoon parties?

How many times does he use the singular vertical pronoun in a speech?

How many prime time pressers?

A: >1
B: >1
C: >1
D: >1

ted c on September 28, 2009 at 6:29 PM

Ed, I just thought I would point out to you that you incorrectly titled Obama as the CIC, That, in and of itself is offensive. He is a socialist who’s only concern is what makes him feel good. This nation deserves much much better.
McChrystal should redploy his troops based on his own judgement, trouble is they’d all more than likely end up at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Rightfully So.

Viper1 on September 28, 2009 at 6:47 PM

I heard a couple of callers today on hannity who were military spouses/parents . In all my years of listening to talk radio, I have never heard that much emotion in caller’s voices.

Obama is giving the military the finger just like he did to McCain and Hillary. I doubt he’s thought through where that could lead.

bullseye on September 28, 2009 at 6:47 PM

“Navy Seals Sneak General in Charge of War in Afghanistan into White House for Meeting with President” http://optoons.blogspot.com/2009/09/washington-d.html

Mervis Winter on September 28, 2009 at 6:48 PM

“Navy Seals Sneak General in Charge of War in Afghanistan into White House for Meeting with President” http://optoons.blogspot.com/2009/09/washington-d.html

Mervis Winter on September 28, 2009 at 6:48 PM

Where the heck is John Kelly Clark when you need him??

bullseye on September 28, 2009 at 6:50 PM

I can’t get this out of my head:
He has spent more time talking to Ellen deGeneris, Oprah, Letterman, Leno, any one of these individually, then he has with a general in charge of a war…do I have that right?

right2bright on September 28, 2009 at 3:22 PM

maybe you should do a little more research before jumping on the bandwagon /sarc

CWforFreedom on September 28, 2009 at 7:17 PM

Where the heck is John Kelly Clark when you need him??

bullseye on September 28, 2009 at 6:50 PM

now there was a hero…

ted c on September 28, 2009 at 7:20 PM

Words simply fail. Nothing approaches, but I will use “disgust”.

There have been a couple of good things to rise from this disaster of a President.

The closet socialists have “outted” themselves. Europe is turning right, perhaps with more intensity after looking at Bama and his enthusiasm for socialism…”this can’t be a good idea if this loser likes it.”

And if the First Amendment fails to work, in the horrible case the Second Amendment is the only choice, B. Hussein may not find many in the military to help him stay in the playpen at 1600 Pennsylvania. ACORN and SEIU aren’t going to be much use.

Harry Schell on September 28, 2009 at 7:20 PM

I heard a couple of callers today on hannity who were military spouses/parents . In all my years of listening to talk radio, I have never heard that much emotion in caller’s voices.

Obama is giving the military the finger just like he did to McCain and Hillary. I doubt he’s thought through where that could lead.

bullseye on September 28, 2009 at 6:47 PM

I heard those calls as well.

Obama bludgeoned Bush for taking his “eye off the ball” referring to Afghanistan. Now, the ball is right in front of him and he’s guilty of ignoring it altogether. President Bush would address us directly in Afghanistan, and he met with the leadership there–regularly.

Obama talks a game, then can’t play once it’s his turn. He used Afghanistan as a convenient club, now is leaving our guys to twist in the wind altogether.

Priorities.

ted c on September 28, 2009 at 7:24 PM

Based on General McChrystal’s interview presented by 60 Minutes last night, it is clear this man is an intelligent warrior — and a natural born leader honed by the U.S. Army. Clearly this man knows haw to win a fight. Obama needs to review his history lessons (Lincoln / Gen. Grant, George H. W. Bush (41) / Gen. Schwarzkopf) and give McChrystal the resources he requires.

ReagansRight on September 28, 2009 at 7:25 PM

The obvious question is how much Bush spoke with his generals.

tomas on September 28, 2009 at 7:32 PM

When I heard about this on the radio this morning, I felt like my head might just explode…

I have a daughter AND a son-in-law who are scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in the next several months. Daughter volunteered, and I was all for it. Said she should do what she thought was right, right now, instead of wishing she had when she gets to be my age. Now, however – it’s painfully obvious that the Obama administration has no desire or intention of pursuing action in Afghanistan with the ultimate goal of winning. Instead, we’re supposed to send our kids off to hold the Afghan people’s hand, while the Taliban and Al Quaida take potshots at them. My daughter is going as a truck driver, which is about as dangerous a job as you can get over there right now. I don’t want either of them to go. Not because I’m anti-war, but because the commander in chief is, and I don’t trust that POS with my kids.

uncivilized on September 28, 2009 at 7:34 PM

uncivilized on September 28, 2009 at 7:34 PM

I know how you feel. I’ve driven those roads there, and they are rough and take comfort in knowing that the officers and NCOs of the military are well trained, dedicated individuals.

We too, took comfort in knowing that President Bush was at the helm. When we needed air support, we had it. When we needed resources we had it. When we needed a word of encouragement for our wives back home–done. Bush was there. When we got home, he visited us.

If you are concerned about the civilian leadership of the US Military I would strongly encourage you to focus that energy toward a hand written letter to as many US Senators as you can scrawl out and detail your concerns to them. Your voice matters, but it only matters the most when it is heard.

Please.

ted c on September 28, 2009 at 7:44 PM

This is ridiculous, he finds time to go to Copenhagen re: that Olympics media circus but doesn’t have time to meet with one of his most capable generals who’s engaged in a war which Hopey himself dubbed as ‘the right war’ since 4,5 years ago… Yeah, I forgot it’s all about emoth rethoric with this self-obsessed, narcissistic me, me, me joke of a president…Not to mention that this trip to Copenhagen is totally futile, I am sure the dice have been cast already…wonder if anybody thought about calculating the carbon print that he and his posse will leave on this useless trip…right, Michelle, Oprah, Valerie Jarrett – the ‘vagina monologue’ brigade will be there, so, go figure…

jimver on September 28, 2009 at 7:51 PM

ted -

I can do that.

Thanks.

uncivilized on September 28, 2009 at 7:52 PM

This is ridiculous, he finds time to go to Copenhagen re: that Olympics media circus but doesn’t have time to meet with one of his most capable generals who’s engaged in a war which Hopey himself dubbed as ‘the right war’ since 4,5 years ago… Yeah, I forgot it’s all about emoth rethoric with this self-obsessed, narcissistic me, me, me joke of a president…Not to mention that this trip to Copenhagen is totally futile, I am sure the dice have been cast already…wonder if anybody thought about calculating the carbon print that he and his posse will leave on this useless trip…right, Michelle, Oprah, Valerie Jarrett – the ‘vagina monologue’ brigade will be there too, so, go figure…

jimver on September 28, 2009 at 7:53 PM

Heh.
(*clapping*) (*clapping*) and more (*clapping*)
I didn’t know 9/28 was Christmas day. Thank you. It’s just what I wanted.

Blacksmith8 on September 28, 2009 at 2:28 PM

free o’ charge.

there’ll be more where that come from …

ted c on September 28, 2009 at 2:43 PM

BRAVO! ENCORE, ENCORE!

MsUnderestimated on September 28, 2009 at 7:55 PM

BRAVO! ENCORE, ENCORE!

MsUnderestimated on September 28, 2009 at 7:55 PM

After turning a blind eye toward the mission he called “the ball” in Afghanistan, former President Barack Obama was led from the white house following his impeachment for dereliction of duty. The scene at the White House was stunning, as the streets were lined with wounded warriors from Walter Reed or Bethesda. Gone was the presidential motorcade and the flashing lights–in its place was the simple dragging of a suitcase by the former president. As he mustered the gratuitous wave to those soldiers gathered along the road, in succession each of those soldiers performed an abrupt about-face, turning their backs on their former commander in a show of defiance as to the treatment they received while serving the nation they love so dearly, and gave so much of their young lives to serve.

ted c on September 28, 2009 at 8:00 PM

Obama talks a game, then can’t play once it’s his turn. He used Afghanistan as a convenient club, now is leaving our guys to twist in the wind altogether.

Priorities.

ted c on September 28, 2009 at 7:24 PM

The filthy liar is interested in getting an Olympic stadium four blocks from the house Tony Rezko gave him. He doesn’t care if soldiers die. It really is that brutal and simple. He’s a hero if he lands a big party for Chicago. He’s simply doing his job if he pays attention to the welfare of the troops who have sworn an oath to defend this nation. Obama is nothing but a coward who will only care about the polling to whatever strategy is adopted.

I’m so mad I could spit.

highhopes on September 28, 2009 at 8:05 PM

Not because I’m anti-war, but because the commander in chief is, and I don’t trust that POS with my kids.

uncivilized on September 28, 2009 at 7:34 PM

I’ll be keeping your kids and all the kids in my prayers. They need it with the craven coward in the White House. He’s not anti-war, he simply doesn’t care about the troops other than what they do to his polling numbers. They are essentially collateral damage to his bigger agenda.

If this mini vacation to Denmark isn’t enough to spike the disapproval, I don’t know what will. I also expect some damage control starting about tomorrow but it is too late. We already know where his priorities lie.

highhopes on September 28, 2009 at 8:09 PM

What does that say about the Commander in Chief’s priorities?

Now will the Liberal Media chip in a buy Barack a copy of The Idiots Guide to Being a President?

I am so sorry for the millions who are out of work, the millions losing their homes; and I’m broken-hearted for our troops whose CIC is AWOL.

Kick A$$: 2010
Restore America: 2012

TN Mom on September 28, 2009 at 8:11 PM

According to the AP (and appearing on Fox’s website), Yesterday Gates said the following on CNN’s State of the Union:

“The strategy that the president put forward in late March is the first real strategy we have had for Afghanistan since the early 1980s,” he said.

NO WONDER Obama is having issues coming up with a strategy! I mean, he’s ONLY been part of the National Command Authority (NCA) for 10 months. I guess Gates, the other half of NCA as SECDEF for going on 3 years now–with troops in Afghanistan the whole time, lest we need be reminded–never thought it would be a good thing to have a strategy until March of this year!

If I was on an Armed Services committee, I’d be hauling Gates before me right now! 2 questions: Why are you holding McChrystal’s request from the President; and now that you’ve had 3 years to figure out the best way to deploy the men and women that WE confirmed you to lead, what praytell do YOU think the strategy should be?

And NOW we know: when the left says that Bush couldn’t focus on two wars at once. . .they are actually talking about Gates.

johnny alpha on September 28, 2009 at 8:36 PM

It’s a major malfunction that Ogabe has only spoken with his Commanding Afghan General only once. It’s likely that Ogabe spent more time drinking beer with the elitist snob Gates and SGT Crowley than he’s spent with McCrystal.

It’s also a direct slight from McCrystal toward Ogabe to even mention this pathetic statistic. There is a fallout going on between McCrystal and Ogabe – McCrystal won’t be in that job much longer.

I hear that Secretary Gates is defending this statistic as the proper use of a chain of command. I can tell you this is false. At the level we’re talking about – with the stakes as high as they are – Ogabe should have been talking with McCrystal at least weekly.

The fact that he hasn’t – indicates that Ogabe’s heart isn’t in this war.

Let Ogabe bring the troops home – it will be a disaster but it is our fault because we elected a poor leader who cannot win this war. Don’t sacrifice any more of the new greatest generation. The responsibility for this failure lays with the American people for electing this scumbag Ogabe.

We WILL pay the price for this failure in civilian blood and we have only ourselves to blame – for not taking our voting responsibilities seriously.

Life’s Tough – It’s tougher when you’re stupid.

HondaV65 on September 28, 2009 at 8:54 PM

Once? Its worse than I thought possible…

Hey 53%: thanks for electing this guy… You can start making amends THIS YEAR in the elections, starting with New Jersey and Virginia…

Start turning all these people out… They are not truly afraid of us… yet

Khun Joe on September 28, 2009 at 8:56 PM

Hey 53%: thanks for electing this guy… You can start making amends THIS YEAR in the elections, starting with New Jersey and Virginia…

Start turning all these people out… They are not truly afraid of us… yet…

Khun Joe on September 28, 2009 at 8:56 PM

any new folks entering office in the next 2 years ought to be fitted with one of those “Running Man” explosive neck collars. If they even think of increasing taxes, entitlements, or other socialistic utopian boondoggles, then we, the voters, press the button.

Game Over.

ted c on September 28, 2009 at 9:00 PM

j/k of course

ted c on September 28, 2009 at 9:00 PM

This does not shock me.

The Won disgusts me.

*barf*

RedNewEnglander on September 28, 2009 at 9:17 PM

WORST PRECEDENT IN AMERICAN HISTOIRE…

moonbatkiller on September 28, 2009 at 9:25 PM

Sorry, I just spent 45 minutes with the description of the existing disgusting precedincey and his inability to communicate with his generals and only be able to be a celebrity NOT a leader. NO, he is not a leader. In any case, I st an hour of time and probably my fault as hit a screen link and lost it all… GUys, the scum bag is going to be our death….. please load up….. Sorry, I’m not able to control the frequent changes in the line here and it continues to ruin my statements. I’ll try on anothe r thread or tomorrow. I love HA but sometimes, it does this. Ta Ta

highninside on September 28, 2009 at 9:33 PM

ted c on September 28, 2009 at 9:00 PM

like that idea alot!

:-)

cmsinaz on September 28, 2009 at 9:44 PM

Lessee, let’s throw Occam’s Razor at Barack HUSSEIN obama, the ‘man’ who

1. said “my muslim faith”
2. said “the sound of the call to prayers is one of the prettiest sounds”
3. Made notre dame cover catholic symbols
4. Blew off the prayer breakfast
5. Was the first precedent to celebrate Ramada
6. Bowed to a saudi kin

What do you get??? I can see a scenario where he wants our troops to fail. It has happened in history. Look at what the Queen of England did to her sailors after they won against the spanish armada. (Essentially they were left rotting on their ships because she did not want to pay them off. Their Admiral hocked his family silver to try to help as best as he could).

Look at how the allies screwed Poland after WWII.

History is replete with similar sellouts. I’m not saying it IS the case but it easily COULD BE the case (Depends on the meaning of the word ‘is’ i guess)

bullseye on September 28, 2009 at 10:06 PM

Add two more

7. Apparently attended a madrassa
8. Had to have been registered as Muslim to attend school in INdonesia

bullseye on September 28, 2009 at 10:07 PM

oops – Ramadan, not Ramada.

bullseye on September 28, 2009 at 10:09 PM

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