There is a new book out, titled The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan. The book’s author is journalist Michael Hastings, whose article for Rolling Stone magazine on Gen. Stanley McChrystal precipitated the latter’s resignation.
The book is also generating buzz for another reason.
In it, Hastings describes a visit by Obama to our troops in Baghdad, Iraq. Here’s a quote from the book on BuzzFeed, Jan. 13, 2012:
After the talk, out of earshot from the soldiers and diplomats, he [Obama] starts to complain, …according to a U.S. embassy official who helped organize the trip in Baghdad.
He’s [Obama] asked to go out to take a few more pictures with soldiers and embassy staffers. He’s asked to sign copies of his book. “He didn’t want to take pictures with any more soldiers; he was complaining about it,” a State Department official tells me. “Look, I was excited to meet him. I wanted to like him. Let’s just say the scales fell from my eyes after I did. These are people over here who’ve been fighting the war, or working every day for the war effort, and he didn’t want to take fucking pictures with them?”
There you have it.
Our soldiers risk their lives every day in the hell holes of Iraq and Afghanistan, but their Commander In Chief finds it just too darn onerous to take pictures with them. But when four Marines pee on the insentient corpse of a Taliban insurgent, then all hell breaks loose with every Tom, Dick, and Harry crawling out of the woodwork demanding the Marines be court martialed.
That’s Amerika for you!