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.
It is rather appalling, based on what we already know, that the President of the United States would only talk to his commanding general once in the seventy days the general has been engaged.This is a sign of priorities. The President has spoken over 100 times on health care. It has consumed him in a way critics say Iraq consumed President Bush.There is a significant difference though. President Bush won in Iraq with his fixation. Barack Obama is losing on the health care front and now looks set to lose Afghanistan too.Perhaps Obama needs to recalibrate his focus and attention. Patton was right that America won’t tolerate a loser. And thus far Obama is losing on most every front.But then, I want Obama to fail except in Afghanistan.