Formerly Known as Freefalling
- Sep 8, 2006
- Not Afghanistan
Am I the only one who sees it as odd/ ironic that the guy lobbying against more troops was also the commander of all of Afghanistan during the period where the Taliban returned in force? Listening to this guy on Afghan policy is like Joe Hazelwood teaching at the Merchant Marine Academy.
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. envoy in Afghanistan, a former Army general who once commanded troops in the country, has objected strongly to emerging plans to send tens of thousands of additional forces to the country, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday.
Ambassador Karl Eikenberry resigned his Army commission to take the job as U.S. ambassador in Kabul earlier this year, and his is an influential voice among those advising President Barack Obama on Afghanistan. Eikenberry sent multiple classified cables to Washington over the past week that question the wisdom of adding forces when the Afghan political situation is unstable and uncertain, said an official familiar with the cables. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal administration deliberations and the classified documents.