Sunday, January 31, 2010

Ambassador Eikenberry Should be Fired For Not Supporting Military Effort in Afghanistan

The Director of the Warrior Legacy Institute and a former Special Forces Soldier has called for the replacement of Mr. Eikenberry - the current U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan.  Mr. Eikenberry - during two tours in Afghanistan as a general officer had an unremarkable record.  Now he has come out against the Community Defense Initiative (CDI) which is one of the most dramatic and promising efforts to take place in Afghanistan.  He clearly is out of his league.  In 2002-2003 he was in charge of establishing the Afghan Army.  The process was painfully slow and he as the director of that endeavor failed miserably.  Now the Obama administration has made him one of the point men for the State Department in Afghanistan.  Read more on this topic in "More tough policy decisions", The Washington Times, January 27, 2010.


Anonymous said...

To whom it may concern:

Despite what was reported in a recent article in the Washington Post, it would not be accurate to say that Ambassador Eikenberry has come out against local defense initiatives. On the contrary, we see great merit in local defense, a long-standing tradition in Afghanistan. The U.S. Embassy is supportive of locally-based defense initiatives done right and is working closely with ISAF and the Afghan government to develop a program that can strengthen ties between Afghan National Security Forces and villagers committed to assisting in their own defense.

Thank you,

Caitlin Hayden
Spokesperson, U.S. Embassy Kabul

Anonymous said...

Time for him to move on. Let's get someone in there that knows what he is doing. We don't need to lose anymore of our young men due to inept leadership in the state department.