Before the election, candidate Obama promised to pull out of Iraq and focus our energies on capturing and/or killing terrorists in Afghanistan. That might be easier to accomplish if he’d bother to talk to any of the boots on the ground.

Yes, it’s true: As president, Barack Obama has been on Jay Leno’s show just as many times he’s spoken to his commander in Afghanistan:

The military general credited for capturing Saddam Hussein and killing the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq says he has only spoken to President Obama once since taking command of Afghanistan.

“I’ve talked to the president, since I’ve been here, once on a VTC ,” General Stanley McChrystal told CBS reporter David Martin in a television interview that aired Sunday.

“You’ve talked to him once in 70 days?” Mr. Martin followed up.

“That is correct,” the general replied.

Obama must think that General McChrystal works for Fox News.

If you want to talk to Obama, General, you’d better learn to disguise your voice to sound like Leno, Letterman, Professor Gates, a voting member of the IOC, a U.N. bureaucrat, a Muslim leader, some kid doing an interview for his school newspaper or George Lopez — maybe then he’d take your call.

On Friday in Germany, McChrystal hand-delivered a request for as many as 45,000 more troops to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

When Bush was president, if a commander in the field said he needed something, he got it — but now the commanders are forced to beg like kids asking for more ice cream.

Almost immediately after taking office, Obama approved a slight troop increase in Afghanistan — the war that he took on as his baby — but now the president seems to be behaving more like a deadbeat dad.

Start working on your Letterman impression, General. It could be the only way to get through to the White House.

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