So what happened with those leaked cables from Ambassador Karl Eikenberry doubting the utility of the extended surge? Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) wants to know.
Eikenberry explained that “all the participants in this very vigorous review process” were encouraged to be blunt. “I’d like to clarify that at no point during this review process, Mr. Chairman, was I ever opposed to additional troops being sent to Afghanistan,” Eikenberry said. “I shared [McChrystal's] views about the security situation.” There was a question “about the number of those troops, the timeline for those troops, the context for those troops.” And then the mission “was refined, the way forward was clarified, and the resources” are sufficient. “I am unequivocally in support of this mission and I am exactly aligned with Gen. McChrystal here to my right.”