Sen. Amy Klobuchar made a quick visit to Afghanistan Sunday as part of a congressional delegation, and had time to meet with Minnesota troops, as well as Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
The group then went to India for meetings with leaders there.
The Pioneer Press reports that in a phone interview from India, Klobuchar said:
“I was impressed by General McChrystal’s command of and confidence in his mission of counterinsurgency and counterterrorism.”
But she said she questions whether the “Afghan government can be a credible partner and gain the trust of the people. They’re not there yet.”
In the delegation’s meeting with Karzai, she said she stressed that the United States has set a timetable for withdrawing troops, starting in 2011, and that the Afghan government must make significant progress toward democracy and a stronger economy to retain U.S. support.
She also gave Vikings hats to the Minnesota soldiers she met at Bagram Air Field.