For months Obama has tolerated deep divisions between his military and civilian aides over how to implement the counterinsurgency strategy he announced last December. The divide has made it practically impossible to fashion a coherent politico-military plan, led to frequent disputes over tactics and contributed to a sharp deterioration in the administration’s relations with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.Ed Morrissey:
[U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan Karl] Eikenberry is an even more direct example. His memo ripping Hamid Karzai nearly drove the NATO-backed government in Kabul into the arms of the Taliban, and would have if Karzai thought they’d let him live long enough to enjoy his revenge. His insubordination on Karzai exposed the disarray within the White House on Afghanistan. His antipathy towards McChrystal has also been well known for months. Yet Obama allowed Eikenberry to remain in place despite nearly costing the US its position in Afghanistan, and Eikenberry is still in place to this day.James Taranto:
While McChrystal's comments were highly improper, they will strike many observers as having a ring of truth. Even if the president gives the general the ax, the whole episode is further grist for the developing media narrative of an administration that is incompetent and adrift.See "Obama's real McChrystal problem: Afghanistan plan in trouble."
The New York Times (!):
The news from Afghanistan is bad and getting worse. Back in Washington, the Obama team is still battling — months after the president committed another 30,000 troops — over how deeply to invest in the war.Spinning out of control.
Whatever President Obama decides to do about General McChrystal, he needs to get hold of his Afghanistan policy right now.
This is as bad as it gets. Get our troops out now. If we're not there to win, and Obama couldn't care less about winning, we can only lose. Not one more American life should be sacrificed for this clustercoitus.
Bring 'em home. Now.
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