The Obama administration believes it has a small window of opportunity to develop a successful strategy in the war in Afghanistan before public opinion swings against any such ventures. The main thrust of the new strategy is to shift from military to civilian development, an approach that has been continually attempted and has not succeeded. Focusing on civilians and their needs is only as successful as the government which is carrying out such activities and the current Afghan government is too corrupt and inefficient for success. Obama has mentioned a “timeline” but this has never been clearly spelled out.
It would be ironic if during the congressional elections of 2010, the Republican party posed itself as the party for getting out of Afghanistan regardless of the fact that it was the party that got America into it back in 2001? Who knows, will Republicans become the party of peace?