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

McCain blasts 'disconnect' between WH and military leaders

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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.

Filed under: Afghanistan • John McCain • President Obama
soundoff (231 Responses)
  1. Cicada

    John McCain once again demonstrates poor judgment and a lack of understanding– the WH is not the source of the disconnect. Who leaked this report? Not Obama– it was somebody in the Pentagon– somebody who is probably worried that the administration is listening to the public, who has lost enthusiasm for this endless war. The generals are trying to force Obama's hand– and Obama had exactly the correct response– send the Sec. of State out to pour cold water all over them.

    September 22, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  2. Jim

    As with most decisions facing Obama, he has no clue. He is simply biding time, as others make decisions for him, so he can then announce what course he will take on anything.

    September 22, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  3. Jamie-NY

    Jack in Florida September 22nd, 2009 4:17 pm ET
    No one is listening John……….time to retire
    Jack, it's not true. Even though half of my family members voted for
    Obama, nowadays all my family members are seriously listening John McCain's advice from his experiences rather than Obama's speech from without experiences action. There is no word
    'VICTORY" or 'STRATIGIES" in Obama's brain.
    We hope that Obama and the WH seriously forcus on the War with the Gen. McCrystal rather than OBAMACARE.

    September 22, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  4. pbj

    didn't bush get excoriated because people THOUGHT that MAYBE he was supressing requests from his generals for more troops? and here's Chairman O blithely and blatantly doing what bush was hammered for maybe possibly doing? unbelievable. another example of the blatant press infatuation with the big BO.

    September 22, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  5. Dee

    My son is in the military. I do not want him going back without adequate support. Either get in there and do the job – or bring them all home and leave the place to the fanatics – who will eventually come visit us again like they did on Sept 11th!!
    Really, Obama is nothing but a celebrity seeking wannabe. How can he have time to even read the reports coming from the General when he's on every stinking talk show trying to ram socialist healthcare down our throats.
    Beware, if the govt controls our health, there's really nothing left out of their control. When is enough of this guy and his koolaid regime enough?
    When we vote them out. Next time you go to the polls vote for someone new. Anyone. Vote your party. or not. Just vote new!

    September 22, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  6. Guy in New Mexico

    And what would Mc Cain have to offer. The same mess than Iraq? This one will be a little bit more than that. Its time to stop adding fuel to the fire and get out of there. And please anyone again mentionning success in Afghanistan is in a state of delusion.
    And those are the same people crying about the budget when it comes to health care? A bunch of dangerous jokers who should not be given any power at all.

    September 22, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
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