Thursday 24 May 2018

Frustrated Obama devised his own Afghan exit plan

Barack Obama wrote his own six-page exit strategy for the war in Afghanistan after becoming infuriated with infighting in Washington over the future of the conflict, according to a new book.

Such was his frustration, Mr Obama asked generals in one session: "Why do we keep having these meetings?" and shouted in another: "I'm done doing this."

The US President crafted his plan to send 30,000 more American soldiers to the country, before withdrawing all troops in 2011, after his generals had offered only a longer-term escalation involving thousands more soldiers.

The disclosures come in 'Obama's Wars', a new book by Bob Woodward, one of the 'Washington Post' reporters whose revelations about the Watergate scandal brought down President Richard Nixon in 1974. Woodward gives detailed accounts of how splits emerged between the central players in US foreign policy during closed meetings on their Afghan strategy review last year.

'Obama's Wars' goes on to claim that Hamid Karzai, the president of Afghanistan, takes medication to counter manic depression. Karl Eikenberry, the US ambassador in Kabul, is quoted as saying: "He's on his meds, he's off his meds."

(© Daily Telegraph, London)

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