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Karzai Supports McChrystal

Amid all the denunciations of General McChrystal (many admittedly deserved), he has gotten a vote of confidence from an interesting quarter. The Washington Post says:

A spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai, however, issued a statement saying Karzai “strongly supports McChrystal and his strategy in Afghanistan and believes he is the best commander the United States has sent to Afghanistan over the last nine years,” the wire service reported.

One of McChrystal’s most significant accomplishments has been to establish a good rapport with Karzai — something enjoyed by no other senior American official. Karzai’s statement can be read, among other ways, as a dig at U.S. ambassador Karl Eikenberry, who was himself one of the American military commanders in Afghanistan. If Obama gets rid of McChrystal, his relationship with Karzai will suffer a significant loss.



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