Tales from the Trail

Washington Extra – Tactical, not terminal

March 23, 2012

The predominant media narrative was pretty straightforward:  U.S. soldier kills 16 Afghan civilians, the Taliban respond by suspending participation in U.S.-sponsored Afghan peace talks. Game over.

U.S. officials seek to shelve Karzai tensions

April 16, 2010

Tensions, what tensions?

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Jack Lew arrived back from Afghanistan and Pakistan on Friday, touting the performance of several ministers in Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s government.

Holbrooke: my relationship with Karzai is good, really

November 5, 2009

Absolutely they are on good terms…

Richard Holbrooke, special U.S. representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, once again declared his respect for Afghan President Hamid Karzai. AFGHANISTAN/

Holbrooke jokes about Kerry’s Karzai eclipse

October 23, 2009

Power plays are always a tricky business in Washington and sometimes it’s better to make a joke out of it. Or not.

from Global News Journal:

Afghanistan’s protracted election sours the mood

By Sean Maguire
October 15, 2009

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.