“I have not been included in those conversations.”— Marine General Joseph Dunford, soon to command U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan, on whether he has been involved in U.S. talks on how fast to draw down the 68,000 U.S. troops still there. “Boy, that's interesting to me,” Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., said at Dunford’s confirmation hearing Thursday before the armed services committee. Part of a pattern, apparently: Dunford has never served in Afghanistan, either.
"The next commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan is prepared to testify that he wants to see a robust U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan after the end of 2014, as U.S. and Afghan negotiators began formal work on that troop presence Thursday in Kabul."
Of course, any general would say that a ten-year stand-off requires more stand-off, but remember, Dunford has never served in Afghanistan and he knows zilch about training army units. What an inspiration for a hopeless cause.
Another MC general gains prominence, even after Pace and Allen, in a primarily Army affair. The Army has to swallow it again, apparently. "Fighting Joe" has one award for valor, a V device on the Legion of Merit. That's weird, but the sea services allow it.