The Afghan Government Meets the White House Strategy Review
Interesting luncheon at the White House today. A host of Afghan cabinet officials dropped by to brief the Obama administration’s Af-Pak strategy review.
For the Afghans: Defense MinisterForeign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta, Interior Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar, Ambassador to the United States Said Jawad, and U.N. Ambasssador Zahir Tanin. I think intelligence chief Amrullah Saleh might have been there, but I’m not sure.
For the Obama administration: National security adviser Jim Jones; Former CIA official Bruce Reidel, chairman of the strategy review; Special Envoy to Af-Pak Richard Holbrooke and Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy, the co-chairs of the review; and representives from the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Defense Secretary Bob Gates and Vice President Biden.
What did the Afghans tell the Americans? More on that later.