They smiled at each other and publicly said “I do.”
General Stanley McChrystal and Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, widely reported to have had a falling-out over sending 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan, on Tuesday pledged their support for President Barack Obama’s strategy and for each other.
The congressional hearing was on the Afghan war, but it had moments that almost seemed borrowed from a wedding ceremony.
“Do you support the president’s plan (for Afghanistan) in each of its elements?” asked Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin.
“I do, Mr. Chairman,” responded Eikenberry, the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan.
Levin turned to General McChrystal, the U.S. battlefield commander. “General, do you fully agree with the July 2011 date which the president directed as the start of reduction of some U.S. forces?”