September 22nd, 2009
06:27 PM ET
5 years ago

McCain blasts 'disconnect' between WH and military leaders

Sen. John McCain said he has never seen such a 'disconnect' between the White House and U.S. military leaders.
Sen. John McCain said he has never seen such a 'disconnect' between the White House and U.S. military leaders.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. John McCain questioned the Obama administration's approach in Afghanistan Tuesday, saying he has never seen such a "disconnect" between the White House and leaders of the U.S. military.

"Apparently the administration does not want Gen. McCrystal's recommendations on troop strengths," McCain said at a Foreign Policy Initiative event in Washington. "If you don't have a recommendation on the troop levels that will be necessary to implement a strategy, then how do you decide on the strategy? "

"...Every day that goes by if you are not pursuing a strategy for success and implementing it as quickly as possible it puts young Americans lives in more danger," said McCain, the ranking Republican member on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

In a sign that President Obama may be facing growing skepticism within his own party on Afghanistan, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer Tuesday joined the call made by several top Republicans on Capitol Hill, including McCain, for McChrystal to brief Congress on his recommendations for revising U.S military strategy.

Asked about speculation Gen. McCrystal is considering resignation, McCain said Tuesday the general doesn't have many options.

"(Generals) really have two choices," McCain said. "Carry out orders, or resign."

"...(but) I don't think that right now Gen. McCrystal is contemplating resignation or non-resignation…he's got his hands full," McCain said, repeating his calls for the general to return to Washington to testify before Congress.


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  1. Jim

    "Sen. John McCain questioned the Obama administration's approach in Afghanistan Tuesday, saying he has never seen such a "disconnect" between the White House and leaders of the U.S. military."

    Greater than the disconnect between Bush and military leaders when pursuing the unnecessary and illegal war in Iraq? Oh right, Bush fired or re-assigned all the generals that disagreed with him. Maybe Obama should adopt that strategy.

    September 22, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  2. JOE

    McCain has turned from the top GOP Candidate to the Chief Winer from the Right. You lost and now your turning into the biggest winer on the political front. Thought you might turn into a statesmen but those days are gone. Enjoy your wining title!

    September 22, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  3. Tom

    John McCain meet John McCain:

    McCain 2009 = Obama was right when he said last year that “You don’t muddle through the central front on terror . . . You don’t muddle through stamping out the Taliban.”

    McCain in Nov. 2003 = McCain stressed that Iraq was the more important effort, but that he thought that we would be able to “muddle through”:

    ""MCCAIN: I am concerned about it, but I’m not as concerned as I am about Iraq today — obviously, or I’d be talking about Afghanistan — but I believe that if Karzai can make the progress that he is making, that in the long term we may muddle through in Afghanistan.""

    September 22, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. LYNETTE IN CA

    Honestly, I can't even comment on McCain sayng anything about the war in Afghanistan. If he had made it to the Whitehouse, Sarah would be working the war because McCain would be suspending his duties.

    September 22, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  5. kathy

    And we care what McCain has to say for what reason??? If I cared I'd have voted for him. Imagine how whiney he'd be if he were president and somebody was knocking him.

    September 22, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  6. AEK

    So we're now going to turn Afghanistan into another neocon adventure in nation building. Because all those people want to be just like John McCain and George Bush and Karl Rove, right?

    September 22, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  7. Christian Values

    As we found out in Vietnam, whenever a republican speaks, a soldier is killed. IN Vietnam they kept asking for more soldiers as well. Mr. McCain, since you were there, how did that work out?

    The first thing we need to do is find a republican and listen to their strategy....then cross it off the list of what needs to be done. We know by fact and history, Republicans have NO CLUE about war.

    ps: McCain, have you ratted any of our soldiers positions and strategies out like you did in Vietnam? You're nothing but a turn coat coward. Atleast Cheney had the honesty to admit he was a worthless coward and run from the draft five times.

    September 22, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  8. rosslaw

    McCain apparently doesn't remember the complete disconnect between the Bush White House which abandoned American troops in Iraq with inadequate numbers and equipment and completely ignored commanders' constant requests for more troops for three years. And after watching McCain prove how tranquil Baghdad had supposedly become by 2007 by visiting a market guarded by 100 infantry backed by 10 Stryker armored vehicles with Blackhawk air support, I really don't need to hear his opinion on disconnects with reality.

    September 22, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. Take Heed

    Senator Mc Cain, care to read about the USSR's disaster in Afghanistan? You'd better as it was their Vietnam. I've been told by a very wise Pakistani that no foreigh force will ever be able to root out the "Taliban" or "Al-Queda" unless the local populace supports such a move. The terrain gives them ample places to hide and pick off foreign troops like a clay pigeon shoot.

    Have we simply moved an impossible war from Iraq to Afghanistan? How about some answers.

    September 22, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  10. AJ

    And I've never seen anyone so disconnected from reality. When will this senile old idiot accept the fact that he will never be president and nothing he has to say is really very relevant anymore. I don't like Obama but McCain would have been infinitley worse. Johnny needs to go away and like off his wifes money and leave the rest of us alone.

    September 22, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  11. Tom

    Over 15% of the Stimulus money has already been spent.

    Over 15% of the Stimulus money has already been "committed"... which allows State and Local Governments to hire private firms and people...

    ... to build and improve roads and bridges

    ... hire and train firefighters, police, and teachers.

    That's 30% of the Stimulus money, not 4%.

    September 22, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  12. Dex Houston TX

    I was wandering when "The Maverick" was going to chime in. Someone must have just woke him from his nap....
    John McCain, everyone knows you are the expert on WAR...blah, blah, blah.
    What's funny is that war is the only thing you know....John go back to sleep!

    September 22, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  13. Jimmy

    Hillary was right.............we don't want Obama answering that call at 2am.

    September 22, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  14. Masood Atchekzai

    Its not time to think president Obama its time to defeat Osama, the recession effects the suicider, the prize from 10 000 rupees down to 5000 rupees Al-quida and there allies are soon goina run out of money lets beat them every corner we can

    September 22, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  15. Dave

    Hey McCain!~ Go shake your fist at a cloud!

    September 22, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  16. republicans hate america

    McPhony we did not vote for you or your opinion

    September 22, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  17. Rushbaby

    The General absolutely should hand in his resignation effective immediately!!! Obviously he does not have the support and/or confidence of the civilian leadership.

    September 22, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  18. Ryan

    I don't like to speak negatively about our president in public view. It makes us look weak in front of other countries. However, when it comes to our troops, regardless of whether one supports the war or not, our troops are there because they have to be. For little money, bad food, and hard work, they deserve everything our country can offer them. We spent millions on a failed car industry. We are wasting millions on a heath care reform that hasn't even made it to the floor for vote yet. Obama wants to evaluate the troop surge. Not a sound decision. His inexperience shows. I feel sorry for those who are serving under this liberal government. God speed to our troops

    September 22, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  19. George

    You want to know something? I really couldn't give a rat's butt what John McCain has to say any more. He's just an aging senator from AZ who is up for re-election in 2010 and needs news coverage.

    September 22, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  20. Justin

    "McCain blasts 'disconnect' between WH and military leaders" as opposed to the disconnect between McCain and the the republicans with the economy....

    September 22, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  21. ICARE

    Dont trash people like McCain. We need a few Bush, McCain and Cheney to save America every now and then. It works in pendulum. It's good to let the DOGS out sometimes.

    They have been out there for too long. The dogs need to be caged. Thank God Obie won! It's good to recycle parties.

    September 22, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  22. Frank Lee

    No one listened to him last November, and it's a sure thing no one cares what he says now.

    He gambled on that idiot Palin and lost because of it.

    Just go away, John. Please.

    September 22, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  23. Philip

    Gotta love how all the liberals are ragging on McCain but offering no ideas to Obama. Or is your proposal to do nothing more in Afghanstan? And if that is your idea, then why did you vote for Obama who said he wanted to focus on Afghanistan? Would you people like Al-Qaeda to set itself up again? Because it is doing that already. I hope it isn't your family who is hurt by a terror attack because we decided to run away and not finish the job.

    September 22, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  24. DR

    No McSatin he wants a strategy BEFORE he commits someones life to war. Obama said, if you were listening, that he is responsible for the men and women he sends to war. He wants a plan! Not just a war! Open your ears...

    September 22, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  25. Barack lies, Unions Thrive and the Economy dies.

    What do you expect when you have a weak teleprompter reader with no backbone that wouldn't know how to lead a two car funeral. Sad thing is that we as Americans, if we love what this country has been for the last 230 years, have to fight against this assault on our country by Obama over the next 13 months before the next election or we are going to lose our country to Marxism, Imperialism and Socialism. Our children will wonder why we didn't fight for their freedom and liberty that this idiot wants to take from us.

    Since Obama is driving the car of this country, he wants to drive our way of life off the road and over the cliff into a miserable world of union strength, high taxes and huge government. We HAVE to fight this assualt on our way of life.

    Thank God for the Tea Party movement!!!!

    September 22, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
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