When I heard Engel would be on with Matthews, I couldn’t wait to watch, Now in Afghanistan, Engel has been part of this Operation since 2003. He has seen it all and likely knows the Generals and the soldiers better than they do themselves.
That gives Engel a lot of credibility in my book. So when he told Chris Matthews, yeah, what McChrystal said. The money line here: The feeling here is that Obama just is not engaged and seems disinterested in the war.
Here are some of the things McChrystal said about Obama and the gang (from Hot Air):
The general first encountered Obama a week after he took office, when the president met with a dozen senior military officials in a room at the Pentagon known as the Tank. According to sources familiar with the meeting, McChrystal thought Obama looked “uncomfortable and intimidated” by the roomful of military brass. Their first one-on-one meeting took place in the Oval Office four months later, after McChrystal got the Afghanistan job, and it didn’t go much
better. “It was a 10-minute photo op,” says an adviser to McChrystal. “Obama clearly didn’t know anything about him, who he was. Here’s the guy who’s going to run his fucking war, but he didn’t seem very engaged. The Boss was pretty disappointed.”
According to that same article, the General didn’t have use for political Afghanistan drive bys:
Team McChrystal likes to talk shit about many of Obama’s top people on the diplomatic side. One aide calls Jim Jones, a retired four-star general and veteran of the Cold War, a “clown” who remains “stuck in 1985.” Politicians like McCain and Kerry, says another aide, “turn up, have a meeting with Karzai, criticize him at the airport press conference, then get back for the Sunday talk shows. Frankly, it’s not very helpful.”
It’s really disturbing news. The Afghanistan War is not going well, and victory means that both civilian and military be on the same page and dedicated to victory. Apparently, the troops feel their Commander In Chief is not. Engel knows these guys and he didn’t mince words because it was a Chris Matthews interview. My guess is Matthews won’t be having Engel on any time soon.