Obama In Kabul–To Shoot The Bull Or Take It By Horns?

President Obama made a surprise visit to Kabul and the jury is still open as to whether he is engaging in another bull session with President Karzai in which the Afghan leader makes vague promises which are shortly forgotten or whether Afghans are told what must be done–or else! General Jim Jones, a military adviser to the president told the media things were now different from the Bush era in which no pressure was ever exerted on Afghans. He assured one and all the president was going to make clear about new action such as a “merit based system of key government officials, battling corruption, taking the fight to the narco-traffickers which fuel the economic energy of the insurgents” and dramatic evidence the era of “talk and promises” was over.

We wish Obama luck on this approach, but we trust he understands that one more meeting about things which will never happen in the future is simply one more wasted opportunity for success.