Afghanistan

Panetta claims progress against al-Qaida

Panetta claims progress against al-Qaida

The U.S. has driven al-Qaida into hiding and undermined its leadership, but is struggling to oust its primary sympathizer, the Taliban, from Afghanistan, the nation’s spymaster said Sunday. CIA Director Leon Panetta’s assessment comes as President Barack Obama advances a risky new war plan that relies on 98,000 U.S. troops to prop up the Afghan […]

Obama’s only choice

Obama’s only choice

President Barack Obama had little choice. Already weakened by the seemingly insolvable Gulf oil spill and his party’s dicey prospects in the coming congressional election, Obama could not afford to give his Afghanistan commander a pass for his inflammatory public words. In essence, Gen. Stanley McChrystal fired himself. It fell to Obama to make the […]

Patraeus choice is popular

Patraeus choice is popular

America’s Afghan and international allies embraced the choice of Gen. David Petraeus to run the war in Afghanistan, hoping the architect of the Iraq surge will seamlessly pursue the strategy laid down by his predecessor and smooth over divisions that led to his dismissal. By naming Petraeus, President Barack Obama managed to replace Gen. Stanley […]

McChrystal absent from Afghan briefing

McChrystal absent from Afghan briefing

An Afghanistan strategy session is under way at the White House as scheduled without word from President Barack Obama about the fate of war commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who is under fire for blistering remarks in a magazine. McChrystal came to the White House for a 30-minute face-to-face with Obama over his remarks and then […]

General faces come-to-Jesus meeting with angry Obama

General faces come-to-Jesus meeting with angry Obama

Forget No-drama Obama. An infuriated U.S. president is hauling his top general in Afghanistan to the White House, job hanging in the balance, to explain “what in the world he was thinking” when he and his aides mocked their commander-in-chief and his team. After reading General Stanley McChrystal’s complaints in a Rolling Stone magazine article […]

Gates: McChrystal messed up big-time

Gates: McChrystal messed up big-time

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the top U.S. general in Afghanistan made “a significant mistake” and used poor judgment in remarks to a magazine reporter. Gates says Gen. Stanley McChrystal has apologized to him. Gates also says he has recalled McChrystal to Washington to discuss the matter in person. That’s on top of the White […]

Rolling Stone: McChrystal showed poor judgment

Rolling Stone: McChrystal showed poor judgment

Even Rolling Stone’s editor agreed with Gen. Stanley McChrystal that the Afghan war’s U.S. commander showed poor judgment in airing complaints about the Obama administration in the magazine. But Eric Bates said it was in keeping with McChrystal’s character that he didn’t try to waffle about what was said in the article, which exploded into […]

Blackwater goes on the block

Blackwater goes on the block

The North Carolina-based mercenary firm formerly known as Blackwater USA is throwing in the towel. Owner-founder Erik Prince says the company is for sale. “Performance doesn’t matter in Washington, just politics,” Prince said in a statement. The company, now known as Xe Services, provided security guards and other mercenary services to the U.S. government in […]

American military deaths in Afghan war top 1,000

American military deaths in Afghan war top 1,000

The American military death toll in Afghanistan surpassed 1,000 at a time when President Barack Obama’s strategy to turn back the Taliban is facing its greatest test — an ambitious campaign to win over a disgruntled population in the insurgents’ southern heartland. More casualties are expected when the campaign kicks into high gear this summer. […]

Obama, at West Point, repudiates Bush’s failed foreign policy

Obama, at West Point, repudiates Bush’s failed foreign policy

The U.S. must shape a world order as reliant on the force of diplomacy as on the might of its military to lead, President Barack Obama said Saturday as he outlined a foreign policy vision that repudiated the go-it-alone approach forged by his predecessor, George W. Bush. Addressing nearly 1,000 graduating cadets at the U.S. […]