As an employee of a federal agency, I've seen confusion, vagueness, and ignorance on a daily basis since Obama's political appointees took over (which failings, of course, have in no way undermined the supreme confidence they possess in their own infallibility). But it's a lot more dangerous when this kind of idiocy takes place in Afghanistan - when the genius in the White House apparently forgets the orders he actually gave to General McChrystal.
How ironic to have a commander-in-chief who doesn't understand the most basic elements of command; this is likely to hinder him in his larger goal of establishing an imperial presidency.
Maybe he considers the war a mere distraction from something more important.
"I sense a disturbance in the polls."