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General In Afghanistan Dismissed For Dissing Karzai

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Spencer Ackerman

Gen. John Allen, the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, just announced that he fired Maj. Gen. Peter Fuller after he gave a surprisingly harsh interview to Politico criticizing Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the Afghan generals he mentors as “isolated from reality.” (photo: U.S. Army)

You would think that after the Rolling Stone profile that cost Stanley McChrystal his command in Afghanistan, generals would be extremely careful about venting steam to reporters. But no.

Gen. John Allen, the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, just announced that he fired Maj. Gen. Peter Fuller, the deputy commander of the crucial mission to train Afghan security forces. Fuller, a recent arrival to Afghanistan, gave a surprisingly harsh interview to Politico criticizing Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the Afghan generals he mentors as “isolated from reality.”

Allen is having none of it. “These unfortunate comments are neither indicative of our current solid relationship with the government of Afghanistan, its leadership, or our joint commitment to prevail here in Afghanistan,” Allen said in a statement.

Fuller is a perfect example of what Dave Chappelle memorably called “When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong.” In the Politico interview, he excoriated Karzai for threatening to take Pakistan’s side in a hypothetical war with the United States. “Someone senior” in the Afghan government apparently told Fuller that he wanted expensive tanks from the U.S. not to defend his country but to haul out for parades.

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