President is AWOL as our commander
IF you still doubt President Obama is trying to do too many things and is giving short shrift to the most important ones, consider this pathetic scene at the Copenhagen airport. It was Friday, and the president went to Denmark to make his pitch for the Chicago Olympics.
His masters voice…
Before Air Force One took off for home, Obama met with Gen. Stanley McChrystal. Our commander in Afghanistan was summoned from London and got 25 minutes of face time with the commander-in-chief.
Pakistan News Flash:
- Never ask where the money went:Â U.S. generals: Between 2002 and 2008, Pakistan spent only $500 million of $6.6 billion in American aid on fighting jihadists /
Perhaps that’s why the offer of $1.5 billion in aid was “peanuts,” and thus offensive: how can you carry out some quality graft with that little to work with?”Billions ofÂ U.S. aid to Pakistan diverted, India concerned,” by Kevin Jess forÂ Digital Journal, October 5
That’s it — 25 minutes on the plane for the man Obama picked to lead 68,000 troops and rescue a war he calls one of “necessity.” Compare that to the 14 hours or so Obama wasted flying and speaking about the Olympics, and you get a snapshot of a president off course.
Not incidentally, that was the same day the unemployment rate climbed to 9.8 percent, the highest since 1983, as employers shed 283,000 more jobs in September.
Barack Obama, phone home.
Yes, the president is trying to do too much. Even worse, much of what he is trying to do are things most Americans don’t want.
Exhibit A is the massive health-care overhaul that has become an Obama obsession in his race with history. In the two months before he addressed Congress on Sept. 9, he held six health-care town halls and an evening news conference.
He then hit the road for more town halls and interviews, culminating in his TV blitz on Sept. 20, when he appeared on five Sunday shows, followed by an appearance on David Letterman. (No sex jokes, please.)
All Obama has to show for this reckless push is declining support, with the latest Rasmussen Reports survey finding a record low of only 41 percent backing him. Several polls show that up to 70 percent of the public doesn’t believe his claims about the cost and impact on the deficit and their insurance.
As I have written, Obama is squandering the mandate and public trust he worked so hard to win. But the waste doesn’t just hurt him.
His Hamlet-like second-guessing of the Afghanistan strategy he backed in March runs the risk of undermining the men and women in harm’s way. In fact, the McChrystal meeting was hastily scheduled after the general conceded he had talked with the president only once in the last 70 days.
It’s one thing to take your time to get the strategy right. It’s quite another not to spend sufficient time on the problem.
Obama needs to align his priorities with the nation’s.
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the nightmarish Iranian-nuke issue, the painful recession — these are the core challenges facing America. It’s time the president gives them the attention they deserve.