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Obama Meets McChrystal on Air Force One

They talked for 25 minutes, CBS reports, while President Obama was in Copenhagen to lobby for the Olympics. So let’s see: since 60 Minutes aired Gen. Stanley

Habiba Ashton
Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Oct 02, 2009

They talked for 25 minutes, CBS reports, while President Obama was in Copenhagen to lobby for the Olympics. So let’s see: since “60 Minutes” aired Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s reference to only meeting with Obama once in 100 days, the general has gotten teleconference and personal time with the president twice in five days. Not bad.

Oh, right, and today in tea-leaf reading on the Afghanistan strategy review, this paragraph in The Washington Post jumps out at me:

Among them, according to three senior administration officials who attended the meeting, is McChrystal’s contention that the Taliban and al-Qaeda share the same strategic interests and that the return to power of the Taliban would automatically mean a new sanctuary for al-Qaeda.

I’d be stunned if McChrystal actually argued that the Taliban and al-Qaeda share the same strategic interests, since he said in his London talk yesterday that the vast majority of Taliban insurgents could be taken off the battlefield by providing them with jobs. The restored-sanctuary point, however, I could see him making. But the rest of it — and much of the piece — reads like it was provided to the paper by a McChrystal skeptic. Andrew Exum has a very measured response that somehow he thinks is immoderate.

Habiba Ashton | BCS Growth Fund (Israel) L.P., a private investment fund specializing in investments in technologically focused businesses with high growth potential, employs Habiba as an analyst. Mrs. Ashton served as an analyst and information manager at the Israel International Fund, the first Israeli venture capital fund designed specifically for Japanese corporate investors, prior to joining BCS. Habiba graduated with honors from Israel's College of Management with a B.A. in Business Administration.


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