“I’ve talked to the president, since I’ve been here, once on a VTC [video teleconference],” General Stanley McChrystal told CBS reporter David Martin in a television interview that aired Sunday [two days ago].
“You’ve talked to him once in 70 days?” Mr. Martin followed up.
“That is correct,” the general replied.
President Obama has talked with our commanding general in Afghanistan once in 70 days.
Six weeks ago, the president called the fight in Afghanistan the “necessary war.” Sure, he can listen to Defense Secretary Robert Gates for progress reports and advice. But he has to consult much more often with his commanding general in the field.
I can’t think of any reason the president wouldn’t call McChrystal every week, or occasionally, every day.