The Closet Moderate: A Speech of Necessity

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

A Speech of Necessity

After a lengthy review process, President Obama has authorized an additional 30,000 troops for the Afghanistan war. I harp on this constantly, but there are two countervailing pressures affecting this decision. Hamid Karzai is famously corrupt, and the obvious method to coerce him into shaping up is to threaten to leave him to the Taliban's tender mercies. That said, to get Afghans to buy into our nation-building process we need to convince them that we'll be there to defend them from the Taliban until such time as the Afghan security forces are ready to take over. Clearly, these two ideas are in tension.

If you're interesting in more reading about The Speech and AfPak broadly, read these folks. While you read, I'll drink.

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