|Maj. Gen. Peter Fuller was relieved of his command in Afghanistan for telling the truth in public.|
U.S. General fired for telling the truth about the war to the press.
A U.S. general responsible for training Afghan security forces has been relieved of his duties for making inappropriate remarks about Afghan President Hamid Karzai and saying the leaders of the war-battered country are “isolated from reality.”
Maj. Gen. Peter Fuller, deputy commander of NATO’s training mission in Afghanistan, made the comments in an interview posted on the Politico website Thursday. A day later, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, released a statement saying Fuller had been relieved of his assignment reports the Los Angeles Times.
|Taliban attack in Kandahar this week.|
Politico quoted Fuller as calling Karzai’s comments “erratic,” adding, “Why don’t you just poke me in the eye with a needle! You’ve got to be kidding me. I’m sorry, we just gave you $11.6 billion and now you’re telling me, ‘I really don’t care?’…When they are going to have a presidential election, you hope they get a guy that’s more articulate in public.”
Fuller also accused Afghan leaders of being oblivious to America’s current economic plight. He said he recently told a group of Afghan generals, “You guys are isolated from reality. The reality is, the world economy is having some significant hiccups. The U.S. is in this (too). If you’re in a very poor country like Afghanistan, you think that America has roads paved in gold, everybody lives in Hollywood. They don’t understand the sacrifices that America is making to provide for their security.”
Criticizing what he claims were unreasonable demands made by Afghan leaders for assistance, Fuller added, “You can teach a man how to fish, or you can give them a fish. 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.”
|Taliban attack in Kabul this week.|
Afghanistan - The gift that keeps giving
After 10 years of war the headlines keep coming. Here are just a few stories in one week.
Suicide bombing in Kabul kills as many as 13 AmericansThe attacker blows up an armored military bus in what may be the deadliest assault on U.S. citizens in the Afghan capital since the war began. At least four Afghans are also killed.
Insurgents mount attack against U.S. base in AfghanistanThe attack in Kandahar targeted a civilian-military facility housing what is known as a provincial reconstruction team, mainly devoted to development projects.
Afghanistan: Attack targeting U.N. refugee agency kills fiveInsurgents driving a truck packed with explosives and attacking on foot killed at least five people, including three United Nations employees, in the southern Afghanistan city of Kandahar.
Taliban attack U.S. base in Afghan city of KandaharInsurgents with rifles and rocket-propelled grenades launched a sustained attack Thursday against a U.S. base in Kandahar. No coalition casualties were reported, but the hours-long confrontation demonstrated the Taliban’s continuing ability to strike in the heart of the country’s main southern city.
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