A top US commander in Afganistan fired for telling the truth

Rick Moran
It may be the truth, but it was defintely undiplomatic. New York Daily News:

A top U.S. general in Afghanistan has been canned after he made critical remarks about Afghan President Hamid Karzai, at one point calling the leader "isolated from reality."

Top U.S. Commander in Afghanistan Gen. John Allen issued a statement on Friday saying Maj. Gen. Peter Fuller has been relieved of his duties following his "inappropriate public comments."

Fuller made the off-the-cuff remarks during an interview with Politico. The No. 2 general in charge of training characterized Afghan leaders as erratic and ungrateful.

He also blasted Karzai's recent assertion that Afghanistan would side with Pakistan if war were to break out with the U.S.

"Why don't you just poke me in the eye with a needle! You've got to be kidding me," Fuller told the political website in an interview published on Thursday. "I'm sorry, we just gave you $11.6 billion and now you're telling me 'I don't really care?'"

He also ripped Afghans who he says have made unreasonable requests for U.S. help.

"You can teach a man how to fish, or you can give them a fish," Fuller was quoted as saying. "We're giving them fish while they're learning, and they want more fish! (They say,) 'I like swordfish, how come you're giving me cod?' Guess what? Cod's on the menu today."

Allen said Fuller's remarks were not representative of the Untied States and its mission.

At this point, I'm wondering why we even care what Karzai thinks. A more concrete signal of our discontent would be to start grooming someone else for the top spot. If Karzai thinks we're going to abandon him, he may become more manageable. He still needs us more than we need him.



It may be the truth, but it was defintely undiplomatic. New York Daily News:

A top U.S. general in Afghanistan has been canned after he made critical remarks about Afghan President Hamid Karzai, at one point calling the leader "isolated from reality."

Top U.S. Commander in Afghanistan Gen. John Allen issued a statement on Friday saying Maj. Gen. Peter Fuller has been relieved of his duties following his "inappropriate public comments."

Fuller made the off-the-cuff remarks during an interview with Politico. The No. 2 general in charge of training characterized Afghan leaders as erratic and ungrateful.

He also blasted Karzai's recent assertion that Afghanistan would side with Pakistan if war were to break out with the U.S.

"Why don't you just poke me in the eye with a needle! You've got to be kidding me," Fuller told the political website in an interview published on Thursday. "I'm sorry, we just gave you $11.6 billion and now you're telling me 'I don't really care?'"

He also ripped Afghans who he says have made unreasonable requests for U.S. help.

"You can teach a man how to fish, or you can give them a fish," Fuller was quoted as saying. "We're giving them fish while they're learning, and they want more fish! (They say,) 'I like swordfish, how come you're giving me cod?' Guess what? Cod's on the menu today."

Allen said Fuller's remarks were not representative of the Untied States and its mission.

At this point, I'm wondering why we even care what Karzai thinks. A more concrete signal of our discontent would be to start grooming someone else for the top spot. If Karzai thinks we're going to abandon him, he may become more manageable. He still needs us more than we need him.