March 25, 2009

Nomination Hearing for President Obama's Nominee for Ambassador to Afghanistan, Karl Eikenberry

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) announced the nomination hearing for Lieutenant General Karl Eikenberry, President Obama's nominee to be U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan.

"At this crucial moment, after too many years of policy drift, we simply must get our Afghanistan strategy right. With the Taliban resurgent and U.S. troops increasingly at risk, we cannot afford a continuation of the status quo," said Chairman Kerry. "At such a time, Karl Eikenberry brings exceptionally valuable skills to the table. After two much-lauded tours of duty there, he knows the military side of the equation as well as anyone can. In his new civilian capacity, he is uniquely placed to get the civil-military balance right. I'm looking forward to hearing his testimony."

WHO: Karl Eikenberry, nominee to be U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan

WHAT: Nomination Hearing

WHEN: Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. 

WHERE: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building

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