Skip to comments.Barack Obama furious at General Stanley McChrystal speech on Afghanistan
Posted on 10/05/2009 7:41:35 AM PDT by peggybac
The relationship between President Barack Obama and the commander of Nato forces in Afghanistan has been put under severe strain by Gen Stanley McChrystal's comments on strategy for the war.
According to sources close to the administration, Gen McChrystal shocked and angered presidential advisers with the bluntness of a speech given in London last week.
The next day he was summoned to an awkward 25-minute face-to-face meeting on board Air Force One on the tarmac in Copenhagen, where the president had arrived to tout Chicago's unsuccessful Olympic bi
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
’ An adviser to the administration said: “People aren’t sure whether McChrystal is being naïve or an upstart. To my mind he doesn’t seem ready for this Washington hard-ball and is just speaking his mind too plainly.” ‘
Who’s not ready???? Gawd, this makes me sick.
I’m not a military man, but I have to say I am not impressed with the strategies of either the president or the general, but if the general says he needs resources we should give them or get out.
McCrystal spoke truth to (a person in a position of) power.
Sux if the empty suit didn’t want to hear or heed the advice.
How dare this “General” question the “ONE”? Doesn’t he know his place? Doesn’t he realize the “ONE” is infallible and omnipotent? Off with his head...off with his head I say! /s
Uh, oh. General McCrystal didn’t get the memo explaining that Dear Leader and his team are theorists and do not appreciate any information based on reality.
Better take it all back, General, so that Dear Leader can continue to bask in the glow from his halo.
What does Obama know about military issues let alone the continuity of American policy?
The great Anti American is bitter.... screw him.
Now? Not so much.
I find it interesting that the General can go on TV and voice his opinion but is stopped from going to Congress.
Seems to me McChrystal finally got his attention. 25 minutes should have been hours weeks ago. Bama is an ass, what do you want the generals to do? Zinni came out this weekend to and was confused by Bama and HE is a liberal that was 100% behind Bama.
Somehow, I just have a difficult time imagining Gen McChrystal being intimidated by meeting with Obama on Air Force One. I imagine him sitting down while the President enters the room, and then asking him for a beer.
How do you, as a General, respect a President who places his own glory in appealing for the Olympics, over the lives of men in the armed forces who are laying their lives on the lines in Afghanistan? How do you, as a General in charge of a war, respect a President who has time to appear on David Letterman, but does not have time to talk to the Military Leaders in the past 80 days?
I imagine the situation boiling down to this “Wanna fire me? Go for it. - in the mean while make yourself useful and get me a beer”. Obama knows that if he fires the General, then the General is free to go off and write a book about his experiences serving under President Zero, and can detail the lack of leadership, experience and interest in the lives of the US Military.
If anyone would be uncomfortable after the meeting on Air Force One, I sincerely doubt it was the General.
I wonder about the Gen. James Jones who is supposed to be advising him.
I thnk that pretty much sums up why their meeting lasted only 25 minutes.
Seems like Bush met with his military advisors, Patreus and others routinely.
I fear Viet Nam again. A gradual involvement with no winnin strategy and full of restraints on our troops.
The Russians couldn’t pull it off, so is McChrystals’ strategy different?
Why also are we singling out the Taliban? I thought it was Al Quaeda that is the enemy.
Epic FAIL. Unfortunately this one is going to cost American lives.
Why is it that we can only hear the truth from a foreign newspaper?
It seems to me that if the only place that the President can find time to speak with the military leader of a war effort is on the tarmac of a foreign airport, then the problem is Obama’s attitude not the General’s outspoken speech.
So, this much ballyhooed meeting between the President and his general wasn’t actually to discuss the war but the generals comments on it that embarrassed the President? Then the general still hasn’t had the chance to discuss the situation in Afghanistan with the President. Swell, so much for “fighting the real war.”
How dare that uppity general interrupt BO and the Worst Lady’s Copenhagen junket??? Getting the Olympics for BO’s cronies to make a bundle is much more important than our troops’ welfare or our country winning or losing a war.
Mrs. Wide Load should have went upside the General’s head with that right hook her father taught her to throw.(She told that charming anecdote during her “I want the Olympics” speech.)
Boy, we’re lucky we have this guy as our Divine Ruler, aren’t we?
Photo op and agitprop.
For over 6 weeks he has ignored Afghanistan.
He better make a decision or he will face another Black hawk down scenario.
No one wants that.
The POS does not even have the decency to reach his hand out to the General.
0 shows absolutely no respect for our military...what a disgrace he is!
There is a Douglas MacArthur moment coming
There can be no fifty-fifty Americanism in this country. There is room here for only 100% Americanism, only for those who are Americans and nothing else. - Theodore Roosevelt
That is what it looks like. The picture I just posted looks like Obama is lecturing the General but will not have eye contact with him as he is looking down.
I cannot believe some of these pictures they release from the WH to the media.
So Obama didn’t meet with him to discuss the situation. He met with him to read him the riot act. How long would have Obama put off talking with him if he had not made the speech?
Anyone who is working and advising Obama is one of two birds... either a licker trying to get a head or someone who is a marxist/fascist. Someone who wants to have a position once Obama is “ruling “ the nation.
This cheesey “this aint America “ has to stop.
Barry just wants to forget about this messy military stuff. It’s clearly defined as a responsibility of our government by the Constitution and thus of not interest to him. He’d really like to get back to fun stuff like planning for the 2020 Olympics, Cap & Trade, taxing soda pop and installing ObamaCare.
Half measures get soldiers killed. But hey, according to Liberals, soldiers are supposed to die for their country so, where's the problem?
A Taliban controlled Afghanistan would once again be a haven for Al Qaeda to launch global acts of terror.
The moo has fallen off the moosiah. Oba-Mao is just another politician with a gift for lying.
“I wonder about the Gen. James Jones who is supposed to be advising him.”
I have been wondering also. Any insights out there?
Since Gen. George S. Patton Jr. is one of my heroes, I really admire generals who don’t mind getting pompous ass politicians “furious” at them. I think that it’s one of the most honorable things a soldier can do. Go General McChrystal! America is on your side!
How about some impeachment talk?
Americans - and someone’s relatives - are dying for what out there?
A better headline might be, not that 0zero is furious, but that he is “butt-hurt”.
Pure arrogance on the part of Obama — I couldn’t believe that picture when I found it yesterday.
Truth hurts, huh? Lord have mercy, O is so inadequate.
He went public because he needs OUR help to support the troops.!
Obama has had the report for months and done nothing. McChrystal is protecting our soldiers and needs support!
Call the white house and contact your Representatives and tell them SEND MORE TROOPS!
White House 1-202-456-1414
Contact your Representatives at congress.org , simply put in your zip code and it will list your Representatives!
or simply google their name, for contact info.
Contact them on every little thing! The pervert nominee’s, ACORN, healthcare rationing, Cap and Tax, ALL of it! Everyday, send an email or call or both!
... they are busy selling out america.
And making friends with the dictators and tyrants. You have to remember, he is taking us into post America. He is taking us to the Obamanana Republic.
You just have to remember the Democrats think of Vietnam as a victory. Just not for us. Which is why they are going down this road of Vietnamization for Afghanistan.
I remember reading General MacArthur fought the communist too..Now General Stanley has to fight the commies in the white house..
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.