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.
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