From The Atlantic Wire: ‘Ambassador’s Cable Prompts Afghan Strategy Shift’

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“U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry sent two cables to the White House last week urging against deploying more troops. The cables come at the last moments of President Obama’s deliberation on strategy in Afghanistan.”


“Eikenberry’s request puts him at odds with General Stanley McChrystal, the current top commander in Afghanistan, who is seeking 40,000 or more troops for an aggressive counterinsurgency strategy. Many pundits had argued that Obama should follow whatever strategy his military commanders request.

I’d like to think that the long delay in making a decision had some strategic component to it…

Matthew Hoh’s resignation here.

Stanley McChrystal’s original report here.

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