The saga continues….
Washington Post Foreign Service
Monday, November 15, 2010; 12:24 AM
KABUL – Gen. David H. Petraeus, the coalition military commander in Afghanistan, warned Afghan officials Sunday that President Hamid Karzai’s latest public criticism of U.S. strategy threatens to seriously undermine progress in the war and risks making Petraeus’s own position “untenable,” according to Afghan and U.S. officials.
Officials said Petraeus expressed “astonishment and disappointment” with Karzai’s call, in a Saturday interview with The Washington Post, to “reduce military operations” and end U.S. Special Operations raids in southern Afghanistan that coalition officials said have killed or captured hundreds of Taliban commanders in recent months.
Phi Beta Iota: There are clearly alternative realities at play here. On balance we believe Karzai is closer to ground truth. Petraeus is out of synch with both Karzai and Obama. His position was untenable before he got there.