December 4, 2009

"BECAUSE THE GREAT STRUGGLE IN WHICH WE ARE ENGAGED IS MY OWN RE-ELECTION":

Obama's strategy is more about US than Afghanistan (Business Standard, December 04, 2009)

Everyone can, therefore, see the positives in the presidential package, but they can also see the negatives -- chief among them being the obvious point that the Taliban has been told it just has to wait for a couple of years before making its next big move.

Pakistan too is unlikely to cut links with the Taliban, now that it knows the Americans are not staying for very long. Mr Obama, therefore, has ended up undermining his country's position even as he has decided to send in more of his troops.

From India's point of view, the implicit, though partial, recognition that the heart of the problem is in Pakistan, and not Afghanistan, is a welcome development because it recognises the reality.

The signal that drone attacks might also take place in Baluchistan (where key Taliban leaders are believed to be hiding) is particularly welcome. But this is overshadowed by the announcement of a date for the start of American withdrawal from Afghanistan, in mid-2011, something that is clearly timed with the 2012 presidential elections in mind.


You have to go back to Ford/Carter to find an American leader held in such low esteem abroad.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 4, 2009 6:45 AM
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