Late last year President Barack Obama announced his plan to send an additional 30,000 American troops to fight in Afghanistan. In “ Obama’s Wars ” (I don’t know why the second word is plural), Bob Woodward shows how he and his advisers arrived at that decision.
General Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, apologized today for an interview in which he said he felt “betrayed” by his diplomatic partner in Kabul, Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, Associated Press reported.
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:
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.
“We wanted a clear message from Obama that the U.S. will continue to support democracy in Afghanistan,” Fawzia Koofi, a lawmaker and human-rights activist, said this month. “It’s the only alternative to Talibanization.”
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.