Skip to comments.Military growing impatient with Obama on Afghanistan
Posted on 09/18/2009 7:48:21 PM PDT by markomalley
Six months after it announced its strategy for Afghanistan, the Obama administration is sending mixed signals about its objectives there and how many troops are needed to achieve them.
The conflicting messages are drawing increasing ire from U.S. commanders in Afghanistan and frustrating military leaders, who are trying to figure out how to demonstrate that they're making progress in the 12-18 months that the administration has given them.
Adding to the frustration, according to officials in Kabul and Washington, are White House and Pentagon directives made over the last six weeks that Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, not submit his request for as many as 45,000 additional troops because the administration isn't ready for it.
In the last two weeks, top administration leaders have suggested that more American troops will be sent to Afghanistan, and then called that suggestion "premature." Earlier this month, Adm. Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that "time is not on our side"; on Thursday, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates urged the public "to take a deep breath."
The White House didn't respond to requests for comment. Officials willing to speak did so only on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly.
In Kabul, some members of McChrystal's staff said they don't understand why Obama called Afghanistan a "war of necessity" but still hasn't given them the resources they need to turn things around quickly.
Three officers at the Pentagon and in Kabul told McClatchy Newspapers that the McChrystal they know would resign before he would stand behind a faltering policy that he thought would endanger his forces or the strategy.
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Pull the troops out, or commit to victory.
If they think they’re frustrated now, wait till AG Eric Holder starts prosecuting them for war crimes. Its coming.
I’d have the FBI at my door in 3 minutes if I said what I’m thinking.
The White Hut is filled with Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood sympathesizers and possibly moles. This is fact and was known during the 2008 campaign.
They may be leaking intel back to the Taliban and Al Qeada.
What good is punishing America if you can’t punish the troops.
Seven Days In May.
I need to look up just what the penalty is. It might be worth it.
Thanks for the ping Jet Jaguar.
To run a war efficiently and effectively the COMMANDER IN CHIEF must:
1. love his country.
2. want to win.
3. keep politics out if it.
4. have a plan with continuous options
for situations which may arise.
5. be a leader.
“commander zero” put new ROE in effect in June and the American death rate shot to the highest in the war in July. He has never shot a Daisy BB gun. He hates our Military. He loves muslims and hates White Christians and he has no intention of “winning” the war against islam.
Im so disgusted with Obama. Either sh*t or get off the pot.
OB what's your exit strategy?
Where are the peace demonstrators in all the major cities?
When will Code Punk call for impeachment?
“McChrystal they know”
hmmm.. in tough times character is really tested..
Obozo is batting .000 according to that list.
The usurper Admin is filled with Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood sympathesizers and possibly operatives. I woul dbet intel is getting back to the Taliban and Al Qeada to kill our troops. Judge Carter - our troops need the truth. Marines are dying for Islam.
I’m afraid we are 12 months out from a coup.
From what I read the “new” policy of engagement has cost American lives.
If you think he cares about the welfare of America or our troops then you are dreaming.
Those defense missiles to protect Poland and the Czech Republic were also vital to protect us. Sen. Inhofe said so tonight. They were needed to stop any missiles coming to America in midflight when it is easiest to intercept them.
The louse dithers and our heroes die.
“Marines are dying for Islam.”
That is so wrong! Obama is such a sc&^bag!
Adding to the frustration, according to officials in Kabul and Washington, are White House and Pentagon directives made over the last six weeks that Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, not submit his request for as many as 45,000 additional troops because the administration isn't ready for it.I like to think that this is about the upcoming liberation of Iran. The US forces in Iraq have very little to do now, but haven't been brought home.
Sucks that it’ll take that long.
By not making a decision one way or another, Obama is personally responsible for deaths of American soldiers.
And he knows it.
Hey, zer0! Stop with the half-measures. Either all-in or all-out. Pick one, dumba$$.
Yes it is so wrong. Our troops in Afghanistan are being set up to lose.
Judge Carter - Sir you need to protect our troops and The Constitution. You may be our only hope. No more delays on the case. Marines are dying.
Obama is U.S. forces' LBJ.
Obama won't risk losing support for domestic agenda by helping military.
.. and that measured response thing again? Oval Office interfering with day-to-day combat missions, too?
Me too. It is Lyndon Johnson all over again: no willingness to commit to action leading to military victory out of fear of reactions leading to political defeat.
We need to send the Marines....to the Whitehouse.
He doesn’t care. Our men and women in uniform are little more than little plastic Army Men to him.
That doesn't explain the ROE that McChrystal came up with now does it? That being said, Obama is really ticking people off big time. Everyone should be complaining to their reps of his mamby pamby lack of leadership. Obama should stick to running for office because it's the only thing he knows how to do.
I'll be offering Special Intentions for GEN McChrystal as often as I can.
My initial instincts about him were wrong.
Seven Days In May.
I think our military is going to come to the nation’s rescue.
I think so.
I think so.
The White House has blood on it's hands - I curse them.
headline: ‘We're pinned down:’ 4 U.S. Marines die in Afghan ambush”
They were REFUSED air cover ...
aiding and abetting our enemy in killing our troops = ducks in a shooting gallery and not allowed to defend themselves - no cover - protecting the Taliban with their new ROE - Rules of Engagement...
Our troops aren't allowed to fire at the enemy that is firing at them if they are in a village - and in this battle, they WEREN'T in a village but out in the valley - pinned down and being killed - and they were REFUSED air cover -
And none dare call them traitors - the authors of the ROE?
I do. I say they are lily-lived, Muzzy sympathizers.
DEFEND OUR TROOPS, NOT THE TALIBAN WE need to shower Beck, Rush, Hannity et all - every day, day in a day out with emails demanding our troops be protected and demanding Obama - who says it will be weeks and weeks before he makes a decision about sending more troops - to give up just one of his dozens of obamacare speeches to make a decision for our troops - NOW. TODAY! (An aside observation: A couple weeks ago, obama gave a lavish dinner at the WH honoring Islam. This week is Rosh Hashanah. Did I miss the dinner?)
“Im afraid we are 12 months out from a coup.”
Fix the ROE or get out.
you post “protecting civilians while our troops “
In this battle, there were NO civilians - ONLY Taliban. They were TOLD that - and yet they refused air cover, and our troops died.
DEFEND OUR TROOPS, NOT THE TALIBAN
(( ping ))
You know what really gets me? We know Obama hates America, but how come there are not dozens of Senators screaming about this? Or how about high ranking military members? This toe the company line stuff has to end. Patton would told this current govt to take a freaking walk.
WE all need to be more informed about it - and fight for our troops. They are being denied the right to even defend themselves OR to have air cover when pinned down and being killed.
The Taliban are laughing their heads off - they now know they can shoot at our troops from the villages and that our troops CANNOT fire back.
The villagers, that were starting to trust that we wouldn't leave them at the mercy of the war lords, now know that if they want to live, they have to allow the Taliban to use their villages and even to help them - women and children are now called upon to run back ad forth to keep their ammunition supplied.
With this last battle, the Taliban ALSO now know that they can ambush them in the valleys - pin them down and pick them off like ducks in a shooting gallery and not even worry about air cover.
All that our troops gained and scarified in the last 8 years is being lost - and now they have TWO enemies to fight: The Taliban and the WH.
I fear he IS all in - just not for our side.
Ecomcon-Seven Days in May!!!