Afghanistan

Key Senators express doubts over Afghan war

Key Senators express doubts over Afghan war

Two of the Senate’s leading foreign policy experts expressed doubts Wednesday about the course of the war in Afghanistan, further complicating the Obama administration’s effort to maintain support for the nearly 9-year-old conflict. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said it’s not clear that the administration has a solid strategy […]

Pentagon is going broke

Pentagon is going broke

The Pentagon said on Wednesday it may be forced to take extreme measures — like not paying salaries — if the Democratic-led Congress fails to pass a $37 billion defense spending bill before lawmakers begin an August recess. A senior Democratic aide said lawmakers would find a way to get it done. “We will pass […]

Petraeus: ‘We can win this war’

Petraeus: ‘We can win this war’

Gen. David Petraeus formally assumed command of the 130,000-strong international force in Afghanistan on Sunday, declaring “we are in this to win” despite rising casualties and growing skepticism about the nearly 9-year-old war. During a ceremony at NATO headquarters, Petraeus received two flags — one for the U.S. and the other for NATO — marking […]

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 […]