Misplacement of priorities

September 30, 2009

It borders on a derelict of duty that President Obama, in his dual role as Commander in Chief, has spoken only once in 70 days to Gen. Stanley McChrystal, credited with capturing Saddam Hussein and killing the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, since McChrystal took command in Afghanistan.

This comes at a time when a written classified report was published in which Gen. McChrystal suggested that the war in Afghanistan will likely result in failure if more troops are not added next year.

Just how many conversations has President Obama had with his soul mate Mayor Daley of Chicago in regard to winning the bid for hosting the summer Olympic games in Chicago in 2016. It is not unreasonable to assume, given the ties between Obama and the Daley Political Machine, that a free flowing communications pipeline connects the White House to Mayor Daley whatever hour of the night or day.

I’m sure it didn’t take much convincing by Daley to persuade Obama that his charm was needed in Copenhagen this Friday to win the hearts of the International Olympic Committee.  Already celebrations are being planned by city officials, despite the lack of felt enthusiasm by the public in Chicagoland for Chicago to win its bid as host city.

For Obama to put off giving his Afghanistan decision to Gen McChrystal pending a policy review, while he has time to engage in what amounts to ego-building trips by both Obama and Daley, is definitely a misplacement of priorities.  It is also comes at a dangerous time when leadership is called, not waffling by President Obama.

Time is of essence in Afghanistan.  If a troop surge is to defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan, the surge must be implemented.  It is also dangerous for the security of the U.S. and for the safety of other nations around the world that Obama is not giving immediate consideration to McChrystal’s request.

Instead, Obama has elected to dabble with games in Denmark on Friday in an effort to bring the bacon home to Chicago for the self-glorification of himself and Mayor Daley.

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