A decisão de Obama
Mike Keefe, «The Denver Post»
Segundo o New York Times o Presidente Obama já tomou uma decisão quanto à nova estratégia para o Afeganistão. O Presidente prepara-se para anunciar o envio de 25 a 30 mil militares para aquele país:
[…] At a news conference in the East Room with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India, Mr. Obama suggested that his approach would break from the policies he had inherited from the Bush administration and said that the goals would be to keep Al Qaeda from using the region to launch more attacks against the United States and to bring more stability to Afghanistan.
“After eight years — some of those years in which we did not have, I think, either the resources or the strategy to get the job done — it is my intention to finish the job,” he said.
Caroline Lucas, no The Guardian, escreve que a missão da NATO falhou e é tempo de pensar um acordo de partilha do poder para permitir uma retirada rápida:
[…] Some are rightly concerned that if foreign troops leave, there will be even more bloodshed. Withdrawal will create a power vacuum that al-Qaida and the Taliban can occupy. However, we know that the current strategy is not working. What people want more than anything is security – and more military action will not bring security. We must halt offensive missions now.
At the same time, the international community must increase the humanitarian and reconstruction effort, build capacity and promote good governance. Following our misguided foreign policy endeavours, we have a responsibility to leave the country in order. We need to genuinely win hearts and minds, tackle corruption head-on, drop our misguided and unsuccessful war against drugs and instead work with farmers to promote development from the ground up. We must switch our efforts towards creating friends and allies among the people of the region, transparently operating for their interests and making every effort to hand over control of affairs as rapidly as possible.
Only Afghans can solve Afghan problems – and they must be empowered to do so without the burden of foreign occupation.
Richard Bartholomew, «Artizans.com»