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Karl Eikenberry

Endangered Afghan Interpreters: Washington Should Welcome its Friends

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Doug Bandow

In Iraq and Afghanistan the U.S. relied heavily on interpreters, most recruited from the local population. Yet the U.S. government has refused to welcome those who have done so much to help America.

International Pressure and Human Rights in Afghanistan: The Women's Shelter Case

Ahmad Shuja | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ahmad Shuja

The government wants to take over shelters that house women who have suffered abuse and violence, while human rights organizations are trying to prevent the takeover of the only asylums.

Amanda Terkel

Hamid Karzai Longs For 'Golden Age' Of The Bush Years | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Longing for the early years of the Bush administration, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been consumed by anti-U.S. conspiracy theor...

Holbrooke Not a Bulldozer and Had Six Relationships With Karzai

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

I think that the many tributes to Richard Holbrooke are important and wonderful, but I want folks to see beyond caricatures of a very complex and important global player.

CIA Chief 'Spider' Is Key To U.S. Relations With Karzai | SIOBHAN GORMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The Obama administration has turned to the Central Intelligence Agency's station chief in Afghanistan to troubleshoot Washington's precarious relation...

Cordesman Game Show: So You Think You Can Win This War?

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

You really think you can dance WIN THIS WAR?? -- Anthony H. Cordesman, the CSIS Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy (not really; just hypothetically) ...

General McChrystal Has No Idea What's Going On In Afghanistan

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

I am the Afghanistan Blogging Fellow for The Seminal and Brave New Foundation. You can read my work on The Seminal or at Rethink Afghanistan. The view...

After McChrystal

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lincoln Mitchell

Obama did the right thing this week in firing McChrystal. Unfortunately, the other decisions the President faces regarding Afghanistan are not as easy. It is difficult to get out of Afghanistan today, but it will be more difficult to get out tomorrow.

Which Top Afghanistan Officials May Be The Next To Go?

AOL News | andrea stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama said he accepted Gen. Stanley McChrystal's resignation because it was "time for all of us to come together." But some observers...

McChrystal's Revenge: Everyone Hates Karl Eikenberry

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

I am the Afghanistan Blogging Fellow for The Seminal and Brave New Foundation. You can read my work on The Seminal or at Rethink Afghanistan. The view...

Americans Don't Flinch -- They Duck!

Kathy Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kathy Kelly

President Obama and the U.S. people haven't faced up to the ugly truth that, in Afghanistan, the U.S. has routinely committed atrocities against innocent civilians. By ducking that truth, the U.S. reinforces a sense of exceptionalism.

Jason Linkins

Rolling Stone McChrystal Profile: Editor Surprised It Became 'Story Of The Day' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I imagine that Rolling Stone now understands that the White House will respond very quickly the next time the commander in charge of our controversial war puts the entire operation in jeopardy over some ill-advised sass talk.

Jason Linkins

Rolling Stone McChrystal Profile: Mag Fails To Capitalize On Its Own Story | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Earlier this morning, Rolling Stone executive editor Eric Bates took note of the dismissal of the civilian press aide who set up the interview between...

Jason Linkins

Stanley McChrystal Under Fire: What Does It Mean For Counterinsurgency Strategy? | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Is it possible to even contemplate McChrystal being removed from his command? My instincts tell me that we're about to endure a fancy bit of White House shame-pageantry: McChrystal comes hat in hand, he and the President have a heart-to-heart, and in the end, everyone gets back to work. That's how I see it playing out if only because McChrystal has essentially become the living avatar of counterinsurgency strategy itself.

Holbrooke Shot At By Taliban On Visit To Marjah

Huffington Post | Nicholas Sabloff and Doug Sarro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Round-up of today's AfPak news (not involving McChrystal). \Holbrooke, Eikenberry shot at by Taliban on visit to Marjah. Gunmen fired on a V22 Ospre...

McChrystal's Rolling Stone Interview: Quotes, Comments About Obama And Colleagues (SLIDESHOW)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Gen. Stanley McChrystal's candid Rolling Stone interview prompted the White House to summon McChrystal, the most senior military commander in Afghanis...

Afghan Women and the Media - Is Their Story Being Told?

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marcia G. Yerman

Currently, 660 women comprise the ranks of the 2,000 media professionals in Afghanistan. In 2000, that number was zero.

Karl Eikenberry Papers: US Afghan Ambassador's Report Warned Against Troop Escalation (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Nicholas Graham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Many people are skeptical of President Obama's escalation of the war in Afghanistan, sending an additional 30,000 troops there in an effort to boost U...

An Afghan Strategy Progressives Could Love

Peter Henne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Henne

Progressives would do well to pay attention to our developing Afghanistan strategy. The tribal engagement approach may be both effective in stabilizing Afghanistan and complementary to broader progressive goals.

Waste More, Want More: America's Afghan Solution

Patricia DeGennaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Patricia DeGennaro

This large scale experiment in global intervention is pretty much in the crapper and the so called "managers" are going straight back to what they know - tossing money at the problem.

The Meaning of the Eikenberry Cables

David Bromwich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Bromwich

It is inconceivable that a president acting on a candid estimate of the commitment he was requiring of his country, would, in response to the Eikenberry cables, bow to the generals and increase troop levels in Afghanistan.

The Eikenberry Cables

Nick Mills | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Nick Mills

Eikenberry's cables were a forceful argument against the "Obama Surge" of 30,000 American troops to Afghanistan. Some time after the cables were written, Eikenberry drank the Kool-Aid.

Jason Linkins

"Dwell Time" For Troops Largely Ignored By Media | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I was a little surprised this Sunday when two interviews with U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates failed to yield any serious questions on whether ...

Nat. Security Advisor Jim Jones Makes Secret Trip To Pakistan | Michael Hirsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Only hours before President Obama took off for Asia on Thursday, his national-security adviser landed in Pakistan on an unannounced trip to meet with ...

Jason Linkins

McChrystal: Coalition Forces Pay Afghan Soldiers Less Than Taliban | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

During yesterday's hearings before the House and Senate Armed Service Committees, General Stanley McChrystal and Ambassador Karl Eikenberry presented ...