[Ed. Note: Attackerman has more on this morning's White House meeting/teleconference/debate. As Spencer notes, diversity of opinion is healthy in policy discussions and journalism!] It has been a consequential last 24 hours for the future of the US mission in Afghanistan. Karl Eikenberry, the current US Ambassador to the country, has dissented from the prevailing [...]
|By: David Dayen Thursday November 12, 2009 7:50 am|
|By: Siun Thursday November 12, 2009 6:05 am|
It’s unclear whether Obama’s displeasure with the McChrystal options actually represents an unwillingness to send more troops or simply a desire for a different escalation timeline or additional conditions on the Karzai government, but Eikenberry’s cable and its leak suggests a significant shift in policy may be developing.
|By: Spencer Ackerman Wednesday November 11, 2009 6:50 pm|
[UPDATE: Within the hour, Rachel Maddow has spoken with an AP reporter who has a "senior administration official" saying that President Obama has rejected all four options for a change in Afghan War strategy presented to him by his national security team. The sticking point: Obama reportedly wants more planning for how and when control [...]