After all, in 2009 President Obama defended his decision to ramp up America’s military presence in Afghanistan calling it “a war of necessity.” And even as a candidate for president, Obama called Afghanistan “the good war.“
And yet today, when the first general to be killed in the line of duty since 9/11 was murdered by a gunman dressed as an Afghan soldier, Obama is nowhere to be found.
The campaigner-in-chief didn’t even bother to tweet about Major General Harold J. Greene’s death.
Obama did, however, host a White House dinner party headlined by singer lionel Richie.
The Wall Street Journal has more:
Seated at the head table with Mr. Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were the presidents of South Africa, Benin and Mauritania, among others, as well as actor Robert De Niro and former President Jimmy Carter.
“The irony is when Obama came into office, there was a plausible way for us to get out” of Afghanistan, Charles Krauthammer said on Fox News’ “Special Report.”
“What we don’t remember is that of the four casualties in Afghanistan, three Americans dead have occurred under Obama,” he continued. “He’s the one who escalated. He’s the one who said we have to make a stake here. He’s the one who campaigned on this. The Democrats did, for half a decade.”
Columnist George Will added that “for the foreseeable future . . . in foreign policy, America, under this president, is a spectator.” Citing rising death tolls and the ongoing turmoil in Ukraine, Syria, and Gaza, Will said, “the United States is looking on and commenting.”
The Army’s Chief of Staff, General Ray Odierno also issued a written statement offering condolences to Major General Greene’s family and the families of the others injured in yesterday’s gruesome attack.
**UPDATE** This article has been updated to reflect that President Obama was partying with celebrities, U.S. officials, and foreign dignitaries after American learned that Major General Harold J. Greene was shot in Afghanistan.
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