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Maj. Gen. Peter Fuller, the number two general in charge of training in Afghanistan, has been dismissed by his commanding officer following disparaging remarks made during an interview with website Politico about Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Of note is Maj. Gen. Fuller’s comments regarding Afghanistan’s intimations that it would support Pakistan in a war against the United States to which Maj. Gen. Fuller says, “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 don’t really care?” Fuller’s remarks also portray the Afghan people as being ungrateful for the services being provided to them and that they are detached from reality in that they do not understand the great deal of economic pressure the U.S. is currently under. U.S. Army Gen. John Allen issued comments to the effect that Maj. Gen. Fuller’s sentiments do not reflect those of the army and should not be construed as such. It is not known if Maj. Gen. Fuller will be reassigned or if he will retire, though ultimately his comments sound like those of a frustrated and tired man, a state of being that would be quite understandable given the task laid before him and his comrades.

 

[Huffington Post]