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Obama’s Afghanistan Policy: A Compilation

March 27, 2009

Andrew Sullivan at the Atlantic has a compilation of reactions to Obama’s announcement today of an increase in soldiers who will be sent to Afghanistan and a concerted effort to involve Pakistan in the capture and/or destruction of al-Qaeda, among other things. A sample:

Yesterday, Noah Shachtman asked if the United States was really at war in Pakistan. Today President Obama made it clear: yes, the war is in Pakistan, with an inextricable Afghanistan component. The goal is “to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and to prevent their return to either country in the future,” he said. That’s the right emphasis, given the safe havens for al-Qaeda are in Pakistan, and it’s significant that the first substantive portion of Obama’s speech spelling out the new strategy was devoted to Pakistan, not Afghanistan. But the dilemma is that the United States. can only devote so many resources — economic, political and especially military — into Pakistan. Spencer Ackerman

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