US Ambassador Disagrees on Afghan Troop Surge

Wants Karzai government to shape up first
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2009 6:49 PM CST

(Newser) – The US ambassador to Afghanistan—a former general who served there as recently as 2007—is against increasing troop levels until the Afghan government gets its act together. In classified cables ahead of President Obama’s deliberations on a surge, Karl Eikenberry cites rampant corruption and mismanagement in Hamid Karzai’s administration. His dissent isn’t sitting well with Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top commander in Afghanistan and an ardent proponent of increasing troop levels, the Washington Post reports.
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