The US ambassador in Kabul has written to the White House arguing against sending thousands more American troops to Afghanistan.
In a leaked cable, Karl Eikenberry expressed doubts about the competence of President Hamid Karzai's government.
The message arrived amid intense debate over strategy, with President Obama yet to make a decision on troop numbers.
This dramatic intervention seems to put the envoy at odds with generals wanting reinforcements, correspondents say.
... The top US military commander in Afghanistan, Gen Stanley McChrystal, has asked for at least 40,000 more US troops.
The US currently has some 68,000 troops in Afghanistan, contributing to a coalition force of more than 100,000.
Gen McChrystal was "fuming" about Mr Eikenberry's intervention, sources said.
OBAMA SEEMS UNABLE AND UNWILLING TO EITHER DETHRONE KARZAI OR ERADICATE THE TALIBAN AND AL QAEDA.
I GUESS OBAMA'D RATHER JUST LOSE.
I GUESS THE EIKENBERRY STORY WAS LEAKED BY RAHM EMANUEL.
ASIDE: Lakhdar Brahimi IS A TURD.
Eikenberry graduated from Goldsboro High School in Goldsboro, North Carolina in 1969 and then studied as an undergraduate at West Point, where he graduated in 1973. In August 2007 he returned to Goldsboro to receive the key to the city from the mayor.
He received an M.A. in East Asian Studies from Harvard, where he would later return as National Security Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and an M.A. in political science from Stanford, where he was also a Ph.D candidate. In addition, Eikenberry has studied in Hong Kong at the UK Ministry of Defence Chinese Language School, earning the Foreign Office's Interpreter’s Certificate for Mandarin Chinese, and Nanjing University, earning an advanced degree in Chinese History.
...Eikenberry served two tours of duty in the war in Afghanistan. His first tour in Afghanistan was from September 2002- September 2003.
During this time he filled two positions; his primary duty was as the United States Security Coordinator for Afghanistan and the second position was the Chief of the Office of Military Cooperation-Afghanistan (OMC-A).
As the Security Coordinator he worked closely with UNSG Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi to forge a unified international effort to build a cohesive security sector. This Security Sector Reform (SSR) project included building the Afghan National Army (U.S.), reforming the Afghan Police (Germany), Counter-Narcotics (U.K.), Judicial reform (Italy), and Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration of the militias (Japan and U.N.). In his role as Chief of the OMC-A he was the chief architect of the strategy that built and fielded the first Afghan Army Corps. During his second tour he was Commander of the Combined Forces Command for 18 months, leaving in 2007 to become the Deputy Chairman of the NATO Military Committee.
THIS ANNOUNCEMENT MAYBE REALLY BE MEANT TO PUT PRESSURE ON KARZAI AND WIN REFORM GUARANTEES.
UPDATE: NOW THE NYTIMES HAS THE STORY TOO.