Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry was a guest on CNN's "State of the Union" with John King on Sunday to discuss the state of the war in Afghanistan. After nearly eight years of fighting in Afghanistan, the situation appears to be deteriorating, or stuck in a stalemate that is draining our nation's resources.
King confronted Eikenberry over statements he made in 2006 and 2007, when he was still in the military, painting a rosy picture of the situation on the ground in Afghanistan. Eikenberry in 2006 said "things are getting better in Afghanistan in every dimension," and said the U.S. was "very well-postured for success" in the country in 2007.
As the situation has worsened, King bluntly asked Eikenberry why the American public "should continue to believe optimistic statements from their government?"
Eikenberry dodged the question, instead insisting that his current analysis is "candid" and that "for the first time since 2002 we have a very clear strategy and matched against that we have resources that are being mobilized."
It's difficult to reconcile that last statement with his previous analyses from 2006 and 2007. Having a clear strategy and the resources to implement are prerequisites for success.
Watch (just the first 3 minutes):