Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Afghanistan yesterday to meet with U.S. and Afghan officials, and assess progress by Afghan security forces as the U.S. prepares to reduce its forces in the country.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham , a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he was “stunned” at a report that Afghan President Hamid Karzai wants the U.S. to scale back operations in his country.
U.S. President Barack Obama spoke with Afghan President Hamid Karzai today during an hour-long video teleconference, discussing the need to “work together to keep the pressure on the Taliban and to build Afghan capacity,” according to a White House statement.
By Ernesto Londoño June 22 (Washington Post) -- KABUL -- The top U.S. general in Afghanistan apologized Tuesday for a magazine article that portrays him and his staff as flippant and dismissive of top Obama administration officials involved in Afghanistan policy. The profile in Rolling Stone magazine, titled the "Runaway General," is certain to increase tension between the White House and Gen. Stanley McChrystal. It also raises fresh questions about the judgment and leadership style of the commander Obama appointed last year in an effort to turn around a worsening conflict. McChrystal and some of his senior advisors are quoted criticizing top administration officials, at times in starkly derisive terms. An anonymous McChrystal aide is quoted calling national security adviser James Jones a "clown." Referring to Richard Holbrooke, Obama's senior envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, one McChrystal aide is quoted saying:
President Barack Obama and Afghan leader Hamid Karzai meet this week looking for ways to resolve disputes over corruption and possible terms for peace as the U.S.-led military campaign moves into the Taliban’s heartland.
We finally know why General David Petraeus slumped over at last week’s hearing before Congress. He must have known that an astonishing profile of his protégé, General Stanley McChrystal , was forthcoming in Rolling Stone.