Renee Montagne takes a "good news" tour and interview this morning with Ambassador Eikenberry in Afghanistan. Renee might as well have been Eikenberry's spokesperson. Here's Montagne on Eikenberry and role model Governor Atta Mohammad.
- "Karl Eikenberry makes it his business to travel EVERYWHERE in Afghanistan..."
- "...he's sincere in the idea that getting out of his armored car and in front of Afghans is important."
- "Governor Atta Mohammad, he's the man who's credited with making this entire province secure enough to prosper after he helped drive out the Taliban...one of the most successful examples of a mujahadeen commander, turned warlord, turned politician - an educated man, comfortable with power, striding through the bazaar in a well-tailored suit alongside the American ambassador."
- Montagne: "Is Masar i Sharif one possible future for Afghanistan?"
- Eikenberry: "It is! There's prosperity, there's hope, there's order there and yes it should give us confidence that if we can get the government up and running...it's possible to get things right in this country..."
- Montagne: "and oftentimes walk right down through a market with the two of you [he and his wife] together showing a couple that are partners. Of course these aren't totally natural visits to markets and whatnot; you are surrounded by heavy security, often by the local press, what are you trying to acheive...?"
- Eikenberry: "she's putting a spotlight on women's affairs in Afghanistan....assure the Afghan people that we are here for the long haul."