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Shorter Obama on Afghanistan: Go Hard But Then Go Home

I missed the 60 Minutes interview with President Obama yesterday, but  The New York Times gives me the highlight reel. On Afghanistan: “There’s got to be

Elisa Mueller
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Mar 23, 2009

I missed the 60 Minutes interview with President Obama yesterday, but  The New York Times gives me the highlight reel. On Afghanistan:

“There’s got to be an exit strategy,” Mr. Obama said in a wide-ranging interview shown Sunday on “60 Minutes” on CBS. “There’s got to be a sense that this is not perpetual drift.”

Let’s preempt the inevitable fears that this means Obama will cut and run from Afghanistan.

Many years ago, in a saner era, crafting a war with an exit strategy would be greeted as a statement of pure prudence in statecraft. And we’ll see how Obama fleshes out what an exit strategy requires. But what’s emerged from the Obama administration’s strategy review has indicated that the president favors not just a plus-up in U.S. troops, but an expansion of Afghan security forces, and development and governance assistance for the Afghans as well. In other words, a counterinsurgency strategy to achieve a counterterrorism objective. What would be wrong with offering a way out of a war that’s lasted for seven and a half years already, on top of that?

Elisa Mueller | Elisa Mueller was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to a mother who taught reading and a father who taught film. As a result, she spent an excessive amount of her childhood reading books and watching movies. She went to the University of Kansas for college, where she earned bachelor's degrees in English and journalism. She moved to New York City and worked for Entertainment Weekly magazine for ten years, visiting film sets all over the world.

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