June 19, 2013
U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Rains on Surge Parade
Posted on Nov 11, 2009
Karl W. Eikenberry, a former top-ranking general who once commanded allied forces in Afghanistan and now leads America’s diplomatic mission in Kabul, has reportedly urged President Obama to delay any escalation of the war until Hamid Karzai does something about his notoriously corrupt government.
The Washington Post reports that Eikenberry sent two strongly worded classified cables to President Obama, communiqués that have “rankled his former colleagues in the Pentagon—as well as Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal.”
The president is considering four options for the war, all of which, according to leaks published in major papers, would increase U.S. troop levels by at least 20,000.
There are currently 68,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, serving with 33,000 other NATO personnel. —PZS
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