It is reported that Obama is furious with General Stanley McChrystal who has said he is firmly against half measures in Afghanistan: "You can't hope to contain the fire by letting just half the building burn."
Mr Obama has only met Gen McChrystal once since McChrystals' appointment in June. That is one time more than Obama met with anybody for discussions when he was head of the Afghan War Committee during his equally unattended Senate tenure.
His 25 minute road trip conference on the airport tarmac in Copenhagen with his general was shorter than the time spent to convince Olympic officials to bring the Games to the gangland War torn streets of Chicago.
Gen McChrystal, who heads the 68,000 US troops in Afghanistan as well as the 100,000 Nato forces, flatly rejected proposals to switch to a strategy more reliant on drone missile strikes and special forces operations against AL-Qaeda.
He told the Institute of International and Strategic Studies that the formula, which is favoured by Vice-President Joe Biden, would lead to "Chaos-istan".
When asked whether he would support it, he said: "The short answer is: No."
He went on to say: "Waiting does not prolong a favorable outcome. This effort will not remain winnable indefinitely, and nor will public support."
The remarks have been seen by some in the Obama administration as a barbed reference to the slow pace of debate within the White House.
An adviser to the administration said: “People aren’t sure whether McChrystal is being naive or an upstart. To my mind he doesn’t seem ready for this Washington hard-ball and is just speaking his mind too plainly.”
So as always when one doesn't agree with Obama out come the name calling disablers.
Naive - upstart -...play ball or shut up.
Back in Obama campaign days when 'public support' was against Iraq- and pro Afghanistan - Obama liked to point out that Afghanistan was the 'right' war and that all efforts should have been directed there.
It appears, as predicted, Obama is making no efforts to listen to his commanders on the ground. Commanders of military expertise (of which Obama has no experience other than organizing on the ground anti-war militant communist rabbleradicals) began criticising the White House for failing to tackle the issue more quickly.
Obama who was 'against the Iraq Surge' and commented one would never know whether or not adding troops in Iraq would have been a successful stragedy without them - is ignoring history- it did work.
Gen McChrystal has made it clear that winning the war requires more troops. Supporting the lives of the troops, now there, requires additional troops. He has predicted 'failure' without 40,000 more troops.
Meanwhile yesterday another 8 military people died in Afghanistan while Obama flits around the world flexing his ego or beginning this week gathering together white coat props on the White House to promote his personal socialist health agenda.
Does Obama want to win the war in Afghanistan or return it to the land of terrorist training camps?
Why does Obama hesitate?
What will happen to purple fingered believers of democratic freedom if the Taliban move back in unopposed?
One is reminded of the liberal surrender in which Pol Pot slaughtered 3 million when it was decided that defeat was a more popular voting block than victory voices.
Must be one of those 'shared sacrifice' memos.
An Obama advisor (James Jones; xgeneral?) came out today saying there is no danger of the Taliban returning to power...are you kidding me? Who the hell does Obama and his propaganda minions think are attacking and killing our brave troops? Does this Obama think-tank want us to believe that the Taliban will simply disappear back into the hills and dissolve if Americans go home?
The Taliban are fighting to return to power and anyone who says differently is a fool. The Taliban will provide safe haven for Al-Qaeda who won't have to hide out in POKistan any longer and will be untouchable by POKistan troops.
I hesitate to say, because the land will be returned to unfettered terrorist training, and we will surely have to deal with terrorists again because of Obama rule, but Mr. Obama , if you are not going to WIN this war, and do whatever it takes to WIN this War and support and protect the men and women fighting it, then you need to bring our sons, daughters, dads and moms, Home.
They are dying there while Obama ignores his field commander who wants to at least TRY to win the war and protect his troops and in so doing- protect America.
We are all quite sure that McChrystal's McArthur leadership stance, with words that matter, will cause his military future in Afghansistan to be as short lived as Obama's promise in Prague to go forward with the missile defense system...
Gen McChrystal, sir, you are a patriot! Please continue being a voice that won't be silenced.