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Democrats Deeply Divided Over Afghan War
Wed Jul 28, 2010 11:49

Democrats Deeply Divided Over Afghan War
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The US Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, joined President Obama and other US officials in condemning the leaks of tens of thousands of ...

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Why Obama Won't Fire Richard Holbrooke—Despite a Growing Chorus ... Jun 25, 2010 ... Now that Stanley McChrystal is out, pundits and politicians—including eminent Republican Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Kit Bond—are ...

Now that Stanley McChrystal is out, pundits and politicians—including eminent Republican Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Kit Bond—are clamoring for the heads of Ambassador Karl Eikenberry and Richard Holbrooke, President Obama’s special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The theory: as long as Obama has gotten rid of one part of the fractious, dysfunctional team in Kabul, he might as well clean the rest of the house, too. Eikenberry has had an awful relationship with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, especially since cables in which he said Karzai was “not an adequate strategic partner” leaked in January. Holbrooke, too, has been under scrutiny. Despite his sterling reputation as broker of the Dayton Accords, he’s flown under the radar, prompting cries of “Where’s Dick?” A McChrystal aide, meanwhile, told Rolling Stone, “The Boss says he's like a wounded animal. Holbrooke keeps hearing rumors that he's going to get fired, so that makes him dangerous.”

But with McChrystal out and Petraeus in, the envoy is probably stronger than before. Holbrooke and General Petraeus seem to have a warm relationship that bodes well for both the diplomat and the whole Afghanistan team. “Petraeus and Holbrooke work together rather well, as best I can tell,” says Michael O’Hanlon, a senior fellow in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution. “I have heard the former lavish praise on the latter for matters such as his work on agriculture policy in Afghanistan and its crucial role in defeating the insurgency.”

Holbrooke, for his part, showered plenty of praise on Petraeus, too. Introducing the general at an appearance in New York in April, he spoke about how Petraeus’s counterinsurgency approach was “a huge change over the region he inherited,” and went to great pains to describe how well he got along with his military counterpart. (“He has a faculty for hyperbole,” responded Petraeus, apparently embarrassed by the florid introduction.) Their chemistry has been apparent elsewhere. They traveled to Kabul together in April to meet with Karzai and have teamed up to give interviews about American strategy.

Furthermore, Holbrooke isn’t as weak as some pundits seem to think. He might be an old dog, but he’s learning new tricks—becoming uncharacteristically quiet but getting results under the radar, as Josh Rogin reports at Foreign Policy.

Of course, there’s no reason to believe GOP senators’ appeals would sway the White House to sack Holbrooke anyway. The senator with the most foreign-policy influence with Obama is probably John Kerry—one of the allies Holbrooke has cultivated of late. So if Holbrooke’s a wounded animal, it’s probably safe to say he’s on the mend. McChrystal, meanwhile, has been put out of his misery.

Richard Holbrooke - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Richard Charles Albert Holbrooke (born April 24, 1941), Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan under the Obama administration, is a top-ranking ...
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WikiLeaks today released over 75,000 secret US military reports covering the war in Afghanistan.

The Afghan War Diary an extraordinary secret compendium of over 91,000 reports covering the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010. The reports describe the majority of lethal military actions involving the United States military. They include the number of persons internally stated to be killed, wounded, or detained during each action, together with the precise geographical location of each event, and the military units involved and major weapon systems used.

The Afghan War Diary is the most significant archive about the reality of war to have ever been released during the course of a war. The deaths of tens of thousands is normally only a statistic but the archive reveals the locations and the key events behind each most of these deaths. We hope its release will lead to a comprehensive understanding of the war in Afghanistan and provide the raw ingredients necessary to change its course.


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    • Democrats Deeply Divided Over Afghan War — Voice of America, Wed Jul 28 11:49
      • Re: Democrats Deeply Divided Over Afghan WarCrocko Shiite, Wed Jul 28 12:09
        I have read a lot of tripe and b.s. (barry soetoro) lately, but this takes the cake. ALL OF THE DINOCRATS ARE FOR THE WAR!!! they're all owned by the A.I.P.A.C. lobbyists, and the corporations who... more
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