February 15th, 2011
10:48 AM ET

Official: Veteran diplomat to be U.S. envoy to Afghanistan, Pakistan

Former ambassador Marc Grossman will be named this week to replace the late Richard Holbrooke as the U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, a senior Obama administration official said.

The official was not authorized to speak on the record about who would assume the position as the Obama administration's point man in the volatile region.

Grossman is currently vice chairman of the Cohen Group, a Washington-based consulting group headed by former U.S. defense secretary and senator William Cohen.

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  1. BANGASH

    Salerno please retry as this link I have copied from same web page and for me it is indeed astonishing and did not expect this at least from a republican congressman. You must try please.

    February 17, 2011 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
  2. pamiri

    How we can bring peace and instabilities in those countries, which have leaded, by the Taliban and Alqaeda, for example in Afghanistan we need to put more pressure on barbarians and racists Taliban (Karzai), you know that the Karzai is a Taliban but still he is functioning as president of Afghanistan why ? because he has the support of Pakistan and indirectly UK to fail the occupation of the USA which brining of peace and stabilities. In Afghanistan majority of the People except some Pashtuns do not want to talk and do reconciliation with the Taliban, because The Taliban and Alqaeda are not the people and human being to talk with them, they are wild and devils, and they have to go to the hell. But due to Karzai is Taliban so he misleads and misuses the power and resources of the USA (Obama) in Afghanistan and Pakistan. It would be very important and crucial for the USA instead of changing the envoy in both country to think about their leaderships, to support such leadership, whom must be against the Taliban’s ideas which is non-Pashtun leader. Because all Pashtuns think, as the Taliban do! Every day Taliban kill many innocent people in the country, but still Karzia wants them on power why? Because they are Pashtuns and sometimes have been seen that the Karzai supports Taliban by his speech and indirectly by Iran and Pakistan to hold power in his hand and his tribes (ethnic group), which is unbearable for all.

    If we want to bring changes for the good of the humanity to some countries we must change the thinking of the people, we must put and push in their mind to think generally for the good of all the human being, not for the good and the foolishness of the Pashtuns.

    I hope from all humanity to think to benefit all humanity not just your race, region, nationality and ethnic groups.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. salerno

    May be he will not be elected, but he was right. Bush senior pursued a new world order but got a new world DISORDER.
    USA is no longer able to force his will to the countries and to be a credible leadership, neither militarily, neither economically.
    There are big economic problems: B. Bernanke is still printing 3.3 billion $ daily to finance US debt, there is the energy probòem and the food scarcity and security issue. China and Russia are no longer using dollar in their bilateral trade and this is meaning that the US currency is gradually loosing his reserve status, so it will be no lòonger possible to fund the wars and deficit printing dollars.

    February 16, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dan from Chicago, IL

    Sure he was and he is an elected official too. If that's the case I doubt that we see him elected as senator next time around.

    February 16, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dan from Chicago, IL

    Ron Paul may be a good man but he does not think with the right mind. Also he never accused any US administrations of murdering people. He is just against our foreign policy in which he does not understand the threat of Islamic fundamentalism!

    February 16, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Dan – you are the usual brainless animal. I did not know this man, but he is telling the same things I was telling here.
      He accused USA administration to kill even american citizens to torture people and secret arrests. He acknowledges US crimes against Iraq. He is the old style honest american man surrounded by stupids.

      February 16, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Chicago, IL

      Ron Paul would rather relish in the riches of America than help the impoverished and oppressed of the world. And what we do for the world is why GOD helps us through all our hard times whereas your devil is hiding in a cave most of his life, but he will be chained in hell for one thousand years when you and all of his followers will meet their doom!

      February 16, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dindy..

      Thank you Dan for the real truth.

      February 17, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        The real truth was stated by Yacobi, as everyone can see listening the R. Paul words by himself.

        February 17, 2011 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
    • BANGASH

      DAN Salerno has rightly called you a mindless man or you might be the enemy of USA therefore you like to see USA humiliated in this region. If you know President Obama had won his election by condemning Bush for his policies in Afghanistan and American nation had rejected Bush for the same reason. So we have no doubt that Americans as a nation hate this inhuman policy but enemies of American nation like you have imposed this death merchandise on them. Luckily John Perkins and Ron Paul are there and we hope that you all the puppets of MIC, corporatocracy and Pentagon will soon face the consequences for your barbarism in this region and then American nation will make an example for the future generations.

      February 17, 2011 at 6:39 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Very true ! Obama won the election condamning Bush, but continued his policy. American people were deceived. 63% are contrarian to war in Afghanistan.

        February 17, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        Obama was against the war in Iraq as he pulled out combat forces from there, but as for Afghanistan he knows very well what would happen if we left prematurely as the Taliban and it's terrorist allies would once again have a staging point where they could train and plot attacks against the western world and also oppress the afghan people who do not believe in the Taliban's 6th century rule that is against their rights as human beings!

        February 17, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Obama promised to close Guantanamo and failed to fulfill even this promise, did not complete the exit from Iraq and escalated the war in Afghanistan without capturing Bin Laden and other leaders as planned. A total failure. Additionally the Taliban did not attack any western country.

        February 17, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kevin

    In reply to many- Christianity is responsible for more death and destruction than any other religion, it's a fact of history. I'm not defending Islam, it is responsible for much spilt blood also.

    We have had devistating impacts on Iraq and Afghanistan. However sometimes something is so damaged it can't be repaired, it must be tore down and rebuilt. Iraq and Afghanistan were a mess before the US invasion so we can't judge the decision to invade until we know the final outcome. Again I'm not defending America's decision to invade I'm just stating the fact that we don't know the final outcome yet, it's not over till the fat lady sings. She is not yet singing.

    I personally believe we should end our campaigns in the middle east. This is why. How do you destroy the most powerful force(The US military) on Earth? Not with conventional warfare, it is impossible, the terrorist organizations know this as well. I believe they have put us in a position to destroy ourselves. The source of Americas power is in its pocketbook and it is in danger. Our deficit is ridiculous and will continue to grow if we don't stop chasing ghost. The answer to the above question is, you don't, you get it to destroy itself. I posted something similar on the Cafferty File and it was read on air, so a man of credible intelligence agrees with my opinion. Pulling out of the middle east will not put us in more danger here at home. We can use the money and military assets to beef up homeland security and possibly innovate new technologies to help prevent another attack. Right now America is losing this war just by participating in it, it's what they want. I still defend Americas right to go after those reponsible for 9/11, I just think we should realize this is a war we can't win, they know it and thats exactly why they started it.

    February 16, 2011 at 4:07 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Kevin – reasonable comment. All the 3 monotheistic religions had similar history. They started as a liberation even from a phisical point of view, but ended oppressing the people. The jewish had to escape from Egypt and enslavery, but later killed many prophets and their people, including S. John Baptist and Jesus. The Christians were persecuted initially, but then turned themselves in persecutor as killed millions of people in France and South America. Finally, Muslims were persecuted by the pagans and the Meccans initially, and later oppressed and killed many people.
      You are right that these wars were totally counterproductive even for USA.

      February 16, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Dindy..

      kevin ..this is a well explained post and it cleared the lots of questioned in mind. Very well written and the best.

      February 16, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
      • Dindy..

        ..it must be questions .....in the mind.

        February 16, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Bangash- the video results not available.

        February 16, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        BANGASH, this is why Ron Paul will not win a national election.

        February 16, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Ron Paul is a good man as he criticized US policy. He accused US administration of murderers and installing fear inside his citizens.

        February 16, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dindy..

    Focus on God. Practice the mind with and towards God. The trained soul will go to God after wards.

    February 16, 2011 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dindy..

    THE WORD MUST PLANNED NOT PANNED IN THE ABOVE POST ON FEBRUARY 16TH AT 3.40AM

    February 16, 2011 at 3:42 am | Report abuse |
  9. Dindy..

    The killers who panned and did take 3000 lives purposely on 9/11 and In Sri lanka (972 )(injured 1072) on 1997January 31st will face a second death anyway.
    while the righteous will be raised up to heaven again even though they die.

    February 16, 2011 at 3:40 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      9/11 was the reaction to US bombing iraq for 10 years and US military presence in S.Arabia supporting dictatorship and Israel occupation.

      February 16, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dindy..

        salerno..Israel people needed a place to live .So US supported them to settle in. Nothing wrong. God likes people who help the weak one.

        February 17, 2011 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        WRONG- SETTLEMENT CAUSED MILLIONS OF REFUJEES. This is why Hamas fighters are freedom fighters and not terrorists. Be a christian and give your house yto the jewish instead of persecuting them like every christian country in Eurpoe did.

        February 17, 2011 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dindy..

    THE RIGHTEOUS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY ANGELS AND WITH THE COMMAND OF GOD.THE PEOPLE WHO HAS SENT BY GOD TO SERVE HERE FOR HIM WILL BE CALLED BACK BY HIM. THAT IS THE WHOLE TRUTH.

    February 16, 2011 at 3:34 am | Report abuse |
  11. Kevin

    Lose the parentheses man. People would be more inclined to listen to your opinions if you didn't write like you were insane.

    February 16, 2011 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
    • NoWeWouldnt

      Because he IS insane.

      February 16, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. salerno

    Dan – Afghanistan was always torned by wars. They are ALL muslims, but different tribes often fighing each other, so it is not Islam against other religions. American invasion is just adding violence to violence.

    February 15, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Chicago, IL

      Never said Islam was fighting other religions except 360 cult, but you just acknowledged what I've been saying all along, that Islam is not a religion of peace, but there has been infighting ever since it's inception. And NATO has brought democracy there were now they can come to the table and have some dialog between each tribe. Most of the afghans have taken advantage of the stability that democracy has brought them.

      February 15, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Dan – Fights inside Islam are not caused by religion, but by other problems, like water supply. The religious motivated wars happened moslty inside christianity, the most violent religion.
        Afghan tribes always dialogated each other, and US false democracy will not stop the war and the klilling, as well as it did not stop them in Iraq. There is no stability when you destroy a country.

        February 15, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        Your wrong, Shiites and Sunni's have been fighting for centuries!

        February 16, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        And that's what is mostly happening in Iraq except for the extremists who can't sit down and talk out their differences but would rather kill their adversaries! Do you not know what Jesus said about making friends with your adversaries?

        February 16, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Dan – As a christian you should be the first to applie Jesus words about making friends with your adversaries, but as you did not, how can pretend others, even non – christians can do it ??

        February 16, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        I'm sure that the United States of America would sit down and talk with the Taliban if they would put down their arms and join the democratic process which has brought progress within Afghanistan. As for the terrorists they also must give up their quest to kill those who do not have the same beliefs as they do before we try to talk with them! It takes two to tango!

        February 16, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Taliban want americans out of the country, and terrorists do not kill becouse of the different belief otherwise they would kill even people in Switzerlan or other countries, IDIOT !

        February 16, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • BANGASH

        DAN your mindless approach make your person more ugly. You cannot find a single religion advocating for deaths and destruction in this world and all have based their religious philosophizes on messages for peace and human welfare. Islam has comparatively more universal approach for a universal peace. So there is no question of Islam Christianity or other religions as I can Prove that Prevailing US invasion/occupation of Afghanistan is against basic Christian teachings. DAN this bombing and killing of poor nations is your business and see the contribution of your weapons industry in your national budget. Also see US role in wars and state terrorism all over the world. If you say this all is according to Christian faith and teaching then sorry to say that you are insulting Great Jesus and Christianity.

        February 17, 2011 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
    • The Wife

      Salerno - As I'm sure a well-educated Italian as yourself knows, when jihad is declared it is a minimum of 100 years war. Jihad has been declared against the US so if we leave Afghanistan, don't you imagine that the war would land itself on US soil more so than it already is.

      February 15, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        The Wife – Who declared jihad ? and why against US and not against Switzerland ? US policy is partially responsible for the situation as they are supporting military in countries like S. Arabia or Egypt. Even Saddam was supported initially against Iran. Iran Shah was supported before Kohmeini. If you will be able to give the money to the people living with 2$ a day instead of the military or their boss like Mubarak, and Pakistan leaders, you will save money and get better results. US problem is the military complex and the war industry. They have interest to create small areas of conflicts to sell weapons and aircrafts to countries like S. Arabia, Egypt, Syria.
        In Italy terrorism was defeated hitting the responsible individually, without civilian casualties. So 100 years war is an exageration. I hope differently. AlQaeda was formed by few pople, but every innocent killed by US bombing is causing more recruitment, so you are working to make the war longer.

        February 16, 2011 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
      • BANGASH

        A very good response and explanation of whole truth. Thank's

        February 16, 2011 at 3:34 am | Report abuse |
      • BANGASH

        A very good response and explanation of whole truth. Thank's Salerno

        February 16, 2011 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Dindy You are violent not Yacobi. Unfortunately America is invaded by many stupid immigrants like you.

        February 17, 2011 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  13. Dan from Chicago, IL

    How can their be peace in Afghanistan when you have a group called the truth of 360 degrees, a man made cult that kills innocent people who have different beliefs than this Pakistani based cult? They say that there can be no peace among humanity until Islam,which they call peace but has been fighting ever since it's inception, is fully in control and they will do all they can to interrupt peace offerings even with suicide bombings of innocent people just trying to work to put a roof over their family and feed them. Just because they believe in freedom and democracy which allows them to choose who will govern them and not have to be ruled by some fanatical Islamic people whose work belongs in the mosques and not in the government!

    February 15, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Chicago, IL

      I exist without it and the western world exists without it and what I see from the middle east they want to exist without it too because freedom and democracy WILL replace all dictators, tyrannical and theocratic rulers in this 21st century!

      February 15, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Yacobi is right, nothing can exist outside of Truth.

      February 16, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Chicago, IL

      So then you should not exist.

      February 17, 2011 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |