In 2009, the first year of Obama’s presidency, over three hundred U.S. Military Personnel gave their lives in the course of their service to our country in Afghanistan. During that same year, then Commanding General Stanley McChrystal tried for three months to gain an audience with his Commander-in-Chief.
McChrystal sought to address the necessities for successfully carrying out the mission tasked to our troops. It wasn’t until his avoidance of McChrystal was more widely reported in the media that President Obama found time to meet with his top general in Afghanistan. Even then the meeting was little more than an aside. McChrystal was granted a few minutes, not in the White House, but aboard Air Force One… On a Copenhagen air strip… While the President was on his way to make his case to IOC for hosting the Olympic Games in Chicago.
General McChrystal has since been replaced as commander in Afghanistan following his criticism of the Obama Administration in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. Obama said McChrystal’s remarks showed “poor judgment.” On the contrary, General McChrystal’s observations seem spot-on, especially in light of recent statements from within the Obama Administration:
[Obama’s] Afghan policy was focused as much as anything on domestic politics. He would not risk losing the moderate to centrist Democrats in the middle of health insurance reform and he viewed that legislation as the make-or-break legislation for his administration.
Let that sink in for just a minute. Obama’s Afghan policy was focused on domestic politics. He would not risk losing health care votes. In other words, decisions that affect the lives of American Servicemen were made not with regard to the mission that they’ve put their lives on the line for, but for how those decisions affect Obama’s legacy.