As if the White House behavior on the war in Afghanistan wasn’t erratic enough – our ambassador in the country, Karl Eikenberry, decided to weigh into the madness opposing sending more troops to Afghanistan. The reason: President Karzai’s government is corrupt. Really?
First, the White House may want to call Joe the Plumber, because the leaks are embarrassing. Everybody in the world is reading the President’s correspondence with his generals. Gee! It is hard to surprise the enemy if you telegraph your moves in advance.
Second comes the question: which one of the two generals in Afghanistan is in charge – McCrystal or Eikenberry? That is right. US ambassador in Afghanistan is a career army officer. Obama appointed Lieutenant General Eikenberry instead of career diplomat to this highly important ambassadorship. Not surprising since Obama himself thought that attending kindergarten in Indonesia counts as a foreign policy experience.
The confusion in the White House is total. Two generals are appointed by President Obama – both of them in key positions in Afghanistan. The commander on the ground McCrystal is asking for more troops or a new strategy. The Ambassador Eikenberry is asking for new strategy and no troops. Don’t you wonder how those two work together over there?
Don’t you think that the Commander on the ground and the Ambassador in Afghanistan should be on the same page implementing whatever President Obama’s vision for the US presence there is? The two key people – dealing with the war are totally out of sync? This is a war and the American bravest die there. The White House should get their position straight or get our people out of there!
Day after day, hour after hour no decision is coming from the White House. No decision – just leaks. Seems like Obama is turning into “the Undecider”, fulfilling his campaign promise not to be George W. Bush.