We knew the figures yesterday. Now, after the speech, we know the reasoning, the strategy and the endgame. Are you impressed? Are you persuaded? And can it establish a democratic and stable Afghanistan, while keeping America and Afghan public opinion on board?
Reactions are mixed, many like Peter Feaver believe Obama’s decision is a brave one, the The Washington Post said Obama’s decision was the right one. Others picked up on his reference of Afghanistan not being Vietnam, and this blogger thinks the time table is crazy.
In Pakistan Shireen M Mazari a columnist for the Nation says: “we are always the popular whipping boy of the US when it needs to cover its own failures. That is why Obama is issuing threats to Pakistan while holding out carrots that are unattractive when weighed against the costs to be incurred in getting to the dangling carrots!”
So how realistic is Barack Obama’s strategy? and will the mention of a pull out date strengthen the Taliban like many Afghans told us yesterday on WHYS?