Afghanistan: Eikenberry Cables Give Obama Pause That Refreshes

By: Thursday November 12, 2009 7:50 am

[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 [...]


McChrystal Reported “Fuming” over Eikenberry’s Afghanistan Warnings

By: 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.

With Obama Rejecting All Afghan War Options, Specialist Says “To Split the Insurgency, Put Withdrawal on the Table”

By: 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 [...]

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