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Obama's Hesitation on Afghanistan May Cost Him Dearly


"Obama was right to revisit Bush's policy of failure. ... But locals know that foreigners come and go in this cemetery of empires. By dint of his hesitation, Obama has convinced most Afghans and Pakistanis that one day he, too, will abandon their countries."


By François Sergent


Translated By Sandrine Ageorges


December 3, 2009


France - Liberation - Original Article (French)


In an address at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, President Obama lays out his plan for Afghanistan.


C-SPAN VIDEO: President Barack Obama announces his long awaited strategy on Afghanistan, calling for 30,000 additional U.S. troops, Dec. 1, 00:39:34RealVideo

A year after his election, Barack Obama has become answerable for his actions. He can no longer attribute everything to the disastrous heritage of his predecessor. From Jerusalem to Islamabad, the diplomacy of Bush has been a failure, a mixture of arrogance and incompetence. Afghanistan is a textbook case. After eight years of war and thousands killed, the Taliban have never been as powerful in this shattered land. And Pakistan is equally at risk. Obama was right to revisit this policy of failure. But nothing says that sending reinforcements will make possible the elusive victory.   



The foreign militaries, whatever their good their intentions, will always be perceived as enemies and invaders. After a truncated election, the regime of Hamid Karzai appears increasingly ineffective and corrupt. As for the Afghans themselves, they are as poor and as far away as ever from schools, roads or hospitals, which might convince them of the merits of a Western intervention. They know that foreigners come and go in this cemetery of empires, whether Greek, English, Russian, American or French today. By dint of his hesitation between an exit strategy and a stronger commitment of troops, Obama has convinced most Afghans and Pakistanis that one day he, too, will abandon their countries. As one of his democrat allies who just returned from Afghanistan said yesterday, he is very mindful of the concerns of his constituents: “I don't know what a credible victory means in this country.”




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