Tales from the Trail

What rift? Eikenberry, McChrystal take vows of unity

December 8, 2009

They smiled at each other and publicly said “I do.”

USAGeneral Stanley McChrystal and Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, widely reported to have had a falling-out over sendingĀ  30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan, on Tuesday pledged their support for President Barack Obama’s strategy and for each other.

Obama: Not worrying about perceptions on Afghanistan

November 10, 2009

OBAMA/INTERVIEWAs President Barack Obama nears a decision on whether to send more U.S. troops to Afghanistan, some experts say he should consider the signal his decision will send about his broader commitment to the war, which has grown increasingly unpopular at home.

White House hits back at Cheney “dithering” comment

October 22, 2009

AFGHANISTAN-CHENEY/The White House is firing back at former Vice President Dick Cheney who accused President Barack Obama of “dithering” and being “afraid to make a decision” on whether to send more U.S. troops to Afghanistan.

Civil air surrounds Afghan war strategy debate at White House

October 7, 2009

To hear spokesman Robert Gibbs describe it, President Barack Obama’s White House is a mighty civil place to work.

How strong is U.S. will for Afghan fight?

September 1, 2009

When George W. Bush was president, Democrats and other critics repeatedly said the United States was fighting the wrong war — it was not Iraq that should have been the center of U.S. military attention, but Afghanistan.

How long will U.S. forces be in Afghanistan? It’s a mystery…

August 13, 2009

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates says it’s no secret how long U.S. forces will be in Afghanistan.