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Obama on Afghanistan


Does he seriously think we had no interest in establishing a regional military presence in Afghanistan? And if our sole mission is destroying al-Qaeda, why are we in Afghanistan at all? They’re whipped in Afghanistan; al-Qaeda mostly is in Pakistan. Obama is defining the mission there awfully narrowly. And isn’t having the Kabul government “deliver hope!” to its people something that assumes the nation-building project? The president seems confused.