A British newspaper is reporting that President Obama is angry with Afghan Commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal for the blunt comments he delivered about the war in London. The Telegraph says Gen. McChrystal was ordered to meet the president in Copenhagen and told to tone it down.

The White House denies any friction at the meeting, which lasted about 30 minutes, and says the story is bogus.

The military is playing it close:


BOB SCHIEFFER, HOST, "FACE THE NATION": Did the president feel that the general was trying to bring pressure on him in public, and did he tell him not to do that?

GEN. JIM JONES: I wasn't at that meeting, and this is a one-on-one meeting between the two of them, and I haven't really talked to the president about that.


Now it really doesn't matter whether President Obama is annoyed with Gen. McChrystal. What's important is that the president wage the Afghan war effectively.

The far-left MoveOn outfit is telling its supporters to contact the White House and tell the president to devise an exit strategy. Some on the right feel the fight is futile as well, so there is pressure on Mr. Obama.

But the longer General McChrystal's request for more troops goes unanswered, the more doubt there will be about the president's vision as commander in chief. After all, he has no experience fighting a war, and equivocation always translates into a weak profile.

That being said, it is smart for the president to make a decision that will help the U.S. military in a very complicated theater. But time is growing short. Mr. Obama needs to make a call soon.

"Talking Points" believes the NATO investment in Afghanistan is worthwhile and would send the additional 40,000 troops with a timetable for increased stability. If the situation doesn't improve by next spring, then plan B should be imposed.

What is plan B? I have no idea.

Any pullback from Afghanistan would be spun as a victory for Al Qaeda and the Taliban. That doesn't mean we stay there if the chaos cannot be contained, but it does mean that all measures should be taken before we change tactics.

McChrystal looks like a guy who knows what he's doing. The president looks like a guy who is unsure. I'll go with the general on this one.

And that's "The Memo."

Pinheads & Patriots

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COKIE ROBERTS, ABC NEWS: Roman Polanski is a criminal. He raped and he drugged and raped and sodomized a child, and then was a fugitive from justice. As far as I'm concerned, just take him out and shoot him.


We like that kind of straight talk, so Ms. Roberts is a patriot.

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On the pinhead front, former basketball player Charles Barkley has flirted with the idea of running for governor of Alabama. Here's what he said last week about voters in that state:


CHARLES BARKLEY, FORMER BASKETBALL STAR: We just came off the worst president in the history of civilization in George Bush, and if they didn't vote for Barack Obama, who's a ray — ray of sunshine, they're not going to vote for a black man.


Pinhead? You make the call.

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