New Afghanistan Plan Lures Obama Deeper into War

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Groping in Afghanistan

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by Alan Bock

03/16/09

There is a great temptation to cut President Barack Obama a certain amount of slack over foreign policy just because he isn’t George W. Bush. He has a certain capacity for acknowledging and perhaps even thinking through complexities, and he was right about the Iraq war before the invasion, for reasons that went beyond the knee-jerk inclination to question Dubya just because he was a Republican. Nonetheless, although the administration gives signs of thinking seriously about Afghanistan, which the new president has identified, only partially correctly, as the central front in the struggle against jihadist terrorism, the signals so far suggest that it is not very close to a correct strategy for that country. In fact, the administration is quite likely to embroil the United States in yet another desultory, unwinnable, and costly struggle, and give up potentially realist advisers along the way...

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