Questions for the Af-Pak Rollout
Friday, March 27, 2009 at 9:22 am
As you’ve surely read, we’re about ten minutes away from President Obama’s Af-Pak strategy rollout, which will include the announcement of an additional complement of 4,000 U.S. troops to train Afghan security forces.
Some questions I’ll be listening for in Obama’s speech:
1. Will Obama give an exit strategy, an endpoint — if not necessarily a date — for when the mission is accomplished?
2. Will Obama say how we’ll know if his strategy is working or failing, and if so, how will he report it to Congress?
3. Will Obama make an argument for why the mission is in the national interest, and worth the sacrifice?
4. Will Obama talk about what meaningful pressure he’ll put the Pakistani government to increase its counterinsurgency capability so the United States doesn’t invade western Pakistan, but will allow it to eliminate the safe havens for jihadists in the Pakistani tribal areas?
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