09/28/2009 (6:12 pm)
Since I posted this morning on the President’s focus on obtaining the Olympics for his political mentors in Chicago, I’ll ask the question everybody else is asking today:
Why is it that the President has time to focus on Olympics for Chicago, but no time to discuss Afghanistan with his field commander?
“… we have to understand that the situation is precarious and urgent here in Afghanistan. And I believe this has to be our central focus, the central front, on our battle against terrorism,” Obama said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
“I think one of the biggest mistakes we’ve made strategically after 9/11 was to fail to finish the job here, focus our attention here. We got distracted by Iraq,” he said.
Obama said troop levels must increase in Afghanistan.
“For at least a year now, I have called for two additional brigades, perhaps three,” he told CBS. “I think it’s very important that we unify command more effectively to coordinate our military activities. But military alone is not going to be enough.”
Obama traveled to eastern Afghanistan on Saturday to visit American forces under NATO’s Regional Command East, the coalition’s Combined Joint Task Force said. Obama is joined by Sen. Charles Hagel, a Republican from Nebraska, and Sen. Jack Reed, a Democrat from Rhode Island…
“We need a sense of urgency and determination. We need urgency because the threat from the Taliban and al Qaeda is growing and we must act; we need determination because it will take time to prevail. But with the right strategy and the resources to back it up, we will get the job done,” they said in the statement.
And yesterday, we heard that the President has spoken to his theater commander in Afghanistan only once since he took office, and that the theater commander perceives a critical need for more troops.
“I’ve talked to the president, since I’ve been here, once on a VTC ,” Gen. 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.
This revelation comes amid the explosive publication of an classified report written by the general that said the war in Afghanistan “will likely result in failure” if more troops are not added next year.
Progressive blogs have raised the point that Obama is simply refusing to micro-manage the situation. However, the question being raised at this moment is a question of raising troop levels — and Obama declared his support for increasing troop levels in Afghanistan ‘way back in July of 2008. Surely there is some happy medium between micro-managing and ignoring a crying need that he’s already committed to meeting. Surely that medium is not being achieved.
If Afghanistan is the central front in the war against terrorism, then I believe the President has just declared the war against terrorism a very, very low priority.
I have another question: if the Olympics were not being considered by Obama’s own city, or by individuals to whom Obama was politically beholden, would he be so interested? Might the reason he has little time for Afghanistan be that Afghans do not vote Democratic in American elections? I’m just asking.
4 Comments »
Comment by Dr.D
As always, Obama has his own priorities that do not necessarily align with those of the USA. In this case, pumping money into the Daley machine in Chicago clearly trumps the war in Afghanistan.
Leftist in general are very anti-military, and will not support military actions. I think Gen. McChrystal will have to wait a very long time for his answer. I read elsewhere that McChrystal’s report was to be “shelved” until a complete re-evaluation of the direction of the war had been made, that the report would not even be considered until that re-evaluation was completed.
Comment by RM
The man is on TV constantly either giving an address during prime time or yukking it up with someone “hip”. Yet he has had one conversation in 70 days about Afghanistan?????
I actually give him some credit for his persistance in that if he fails in something, it certainly isn’t because he hides in the WH and can’t be bothered to support and hawk his own causes.
This contrasts with our former Pres. Bush, who often neglected (IMO) to fight hard enough – maybe failed to fight back is more appropriate.
As much as Obama is his own best cheerleader, I have to think that his lack of activity here is telling as to how vested he is.
Comment by Nick
He must have forgot TOTUS. Seeing as Chicago got the boot in the first round. I wonder how this is going to play out in the media?
Boy-wonder Axelrod is already throwing a tantrum stating “It’s the world’s loss.”
Comment by Nick
Well, that was quick. The fall-guy for Chicago missing out on the Olympics…
wait for it…
What is wrong with these people!?
Bush Derangement knows no bounds…