Gen. Richards has been quoted as saying: "Richards cautioned that counterinsurgency takes time, as it did in Iraq, but expressed confidence in U.S. President Barack Obama and his military team. "I believe, under the catalyst of President Obama's leadership, and with Gen. McChrystal doing the detailed work in Kabul for him, that we will soon get the formula right in Afghanistan too," he said." How can we square this with the apparent waffling from Obama in his Sunday marathon sessions on the TV networks as to the right strategy for Afghanistan. This is even more serious due to McChrystal's clear, professional assessment that politicians will not like as it does not give them any wiggle room. We will need to watch very closely to see what happens as to McChrystal's request in the White House and that may then tell us if Gen. Richards' polite statement of trust is warranted. If the far left of Obama's support base has its way, McChrystal will be told to go pound sand. There is even talk among some pundits (take it for what it is worth) that there may be a deal in the works for Obama to pull the govt option from his health care juggernaut but to placate the far left that will be outraged, he will reduce our footprint in Afghanistan as the first step in the US creeping quietly away into the night. Worrisome times indeed.