Listening To The Generals

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on September 29, 2009

Recall that the Bush Administration was accused of not doing too much listening to the uniformed military. Now, read this:

Gen. Stanley McChrystal says he’s talked to President Obama only once since taking command of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan over the summer, a revelation that drew swift criticism from some who are concerned that the president is putting off McChrystal’s request for more troops.

“It’s startling,” Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., told FOX News.

McChrystal talked about his interaction with the president in an interview with CBS News.

“I’ve talked to the president since I’ve been here once on a (video teleconference),” he said.

“You talked to him once in 70 days?” CBS’ David Martin asked.

“That’s correct,” McChrystal said.

By contrast, as the report indicates, McChrystal was “in regular contact with former Vice President Dick Cheney” while the Bush Administration was in office. How do we expect things in Afghanistan to get any better when the President does not speak with his commanding general in the country?

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