Just as it began to appear that President Obama was moving toward adhering to his
In cables to Obama, Ambassador
That concern was clearly reflected Wednesday in a
The harsh tone was an obvious shot at Karzai's credibility in the wake of the fraud and corruption that marred his reelection, and an expression of the administration's impatience with him as Obama was about to embark on a nine-day Asian trip. Eikenberry's doubts signaled the probability that no decision on the troop level would come until Obama's return.
The American ambassador's concerns appear likely to put the brakes, at least for a time, on a go-ahead on Gen.
Eikenberry, who has considerable credentials for being heard, appears to have thrown a late lifeline to the Biden approach. The retired four-star general was a former U.S. commander in
From the start of Obama's reassessment of the American engagement in
Obama's deliberate approach continued at a time the peril to American military men and women has particularly dominated the news. U.S. casualties in
Eikenberry's reservations became public on
More than four decades ago, another American president,
That history weighs heavily on Obama now, when public-opinion polls report a majority of Americans at home now believe the war in
Circling Sharks Smell American Blood
Victor Davis Hanson
On his recent trip to Asia, President Obama found China, Japan and South Korea -- like many nations these days -- in no mood to hear more American lectures. The United States needs to re-establish itself as financially credible and responsible so that when we lecture -- about everything from global warming to Iranian nukes -- we do so from a position of strength.
Who would have thought a year ago that most of the issues of conflict in America's foreign relations would be made worse during the first year following Barack Obama's election as U.S. president?
Reagan, Obama and Legacy of the Berlin Wall
Kenneth T. Walsh
The fall of the Berlin Wall was a conclusive sign that the United States and the other Western democracies had finally won the Cold War. In the end, two presidents deserve much of the credit: George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan. Twenty years later there are plenty of lessons for President Obama's approach to foreign policy.
There are two tried and disproved methods for dealing with insurrection in a non-Western country. The third and reliable method is not to go there in the first place. The fourth is get out with such grace as is possible, as rapidly as possible.
Disillusionment in Afghanistan
The international community is increasingly concerned about whether Afghan President Hamid Karzai can be an effective partner. Karzai recently won another term after an election fraught with accusations of fraud; his previous term was beset with allegations of corruption.
(C) 2009 Jules Witcover