Barack Obama’s team running the Afghan war has its issues — but is it dysfunctional? No, sir, according to Richard Holbrooke.
Tales from the Trail
President Barack Obama managed to pull the rabbit out of the hat.
In a surprise move, he chose superstar General David Petraeus to replace General Stanley McChrystal, whose team had badmouthed just about every top civilian adviser to Obama on Afghanistan in a Rolling Stone magazine article.
The sound of palms slapping foreheads could be heard all over Washington, the physical exclamation of “what were they thinking?”
from Global News Journal:
An atmosphere of stale defensiveness has sunk over Kabul. The mood has been lowered by the protracted saga of the Afghan election count, almost two months on from the first round August 20 vote. It's a drama veering towards farce more often than post-modern play, as we wait endlessly for a result, that like Godot, does not want to come.
The general picked by Barack Obama to finish up the war in Afghanistan has presented the U.S. president with some hard choices.