Monday, February 27

Afghan War: all eyes on the secret cable

Secret U.S. cable warned about Pakistani havens. That information about the cable was leaked suggests a bare-knuckle brawl underway in Washington ....
[...] The cable, which was described by several officials familiar with its contents, could be used as ammunition by senior military officials who favor more aggressive action by the United States against the Haqqani havens in Pakistan. It also could buttress calls from senior military officials for a more gradual withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan as the 2014 deadline for ending combat operations approaches.

These military officials have maintained for months that the strategy of targeting raids against Taliban leadership and building local Afghan governance is showing impressive results. But they warn that worsening conditions in Pakistan and the ability of insurgent groups to find haven there necessitates a larger American force than many in the Obama administration are advocating.

1 comment:

Carl said...

According to the story, both the cable and the military officers who commented upon only mentioned sanctuaries in Pakistan. Neither mentioned Pak Army/ISI running Taliban, thought the story brought it up. That doesn't make much sense. Maybe it is a Washington clever attempt to pressure Kayani sahib. "We know your in there Lefty! Come out with your hands up!" All of this being said as the Dominos man delivers a pizza, paid for by the officer with the bullhorn, to Lefty's door.