Washington, D.C. – House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) today issued the following statement about an article in Rolling Stone regarding the top military officer in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal:
“Obviously a General and his top brass don’t make statements like these without being frustrated, so I hope that the President’s meeting with General McChrystal will include a frank discussion about what is happening on the ground, and whether the resources and the plan are there to defeat terrorists and accomplish our mission in Afghanistan. Without question, the article in Rolling Stone raises a lot of concerns, but our top priority must be to ensure that our forces in Afghanistan have what they need in order to successfully execute their mission and win the war there.
“At the moment, Democrats in Congress are standing in the way of a clean bill to fund our troops and provide the resources needed because they want to lard it up with domestic spending. We need to get our troops these funds, and should do so without any pork or unrelated domestic spending items thrown in.”
And now we got the first big Republican trying to blame this all on President Obama and crying “poor Stanley”. I seem to remember a lot of Republicans yelling “treason” when all those retired generals were speaking out against the Iraq war. Funny how a retired general can’t get “frustrated”, yet an active general in charge of one of America’s war can. Double standard anyone?
And Greg Sargent reminds us of this:
This is in keeping with previous GOP attempts to subtly drive a wedge between Obama and McChrystal, at the expense (it goes without saying) of Obama. When Obama decided to send more troops to Afghanistan, multiple Republicans cast it as a decision by McChrystal and the commanders, suggesting that Obama was merely following their lead.
It just amazes me how the stories change with these people so much.
ADDING… Mr. Cantor – by you speaking out against our Commander in Chief during a time of war, you are undermining the moral of our troops, who are in harms way.
Sound familiar? Well that’s exactly the kind of stuff you and your ilk said when Bush was in the White House.