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U.S. commander in Afghanistan talked with Obama only once

By Amanda Carpenter on Sept. 28, 2009 into The Back Story

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

"Iíve talked to the president, since Iíve been here, once on a VTC [video teleconference]," Gen. Stanley McChrystal told CBS reporter David Martin in a television interview that aired Sunday.

"Youíve 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. Yet, the debate over health care reform continues to dominate Washingtonís political discussions. On Monday, the White House announced President Obama would travel to Denmark to lobby the International Olympic Committee to select his hometown of Chicago for the 2012 summer games.

Former U.S. Ambassador for the United Nations John R. Bolton said the lack of communication with the general was indicative of Mr. Obamaís misplaced priorities.

"I think itís very clear, and has been during last yearís campaign and in the eight months the president has been in office, that he just doesnít regard foreign policy and national security as important as domestic issues, like reforming the health care system," Mr. Bolton told the hosts of The Washington Timesí "America's Morning News" on Monday.

He went on: "If you think there are no threats, then itís not illogical to pay no attention to the rest of the world. The problem is in his [Obamaís] basic reading of the international environment where we do continue to face massive threats for international terrorists and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, among others."


OK, everyone knows I'm not an Obama fan and don't have much good to say about the guy. But this is incredible. He has time to talk to every TV host he can see (except Chris Wallace) and fly to euroland to pimp for the olympics and he won't even talk to his generals? We've got 10's of thousands of soldiers getting shot at every damn day and he's not interested? I guess when you've got school kids praying to you you may think just your image on a tv screen is enough troop support. I'm sorry,but there's no way to describe this other than sheer stupidity or ass-holishness or both. I have no more consideration for this loser. Fuck 'im. This country has made a terrible mistake.


I just heard this on Fox..what a friggin fiasco, could it be Obama is so ignorant on war issues and to stuborn to listen to his advisors he choses to jet set off to push Olympics in of all places Chicago...geeee bring it to the hood .
His lack of military experiance is showing badly. It is Obama's war now and he better make a good showing fast.

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