Monday, September 28, 2009

Gen. McChrystal: Talked with Obama Only Once "Since I've Been Here"

Anyone else notice this exchange, which occurred at the very end of the 60 Minutes interview with General McChrystal?

Asked how often he talks to the president, McChrystal said, "I've talked to the president since I've been here once on a VTC [video teleconference]."

"You talked to him once in 70 days?" [David] Martin asked.

"That's correct," McChrystal replied.

Of course, General McChrystal talks frequently to the Pentagon and presumably to Defense Secretary Gates, and there is such a thing as the chain of command. But still, I'm shocked that President Obama hasn't thought it worth his time to have a direct talk now and then with the guy in charge in Afghanistan.

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