2 April 2009
President Obama’s new plan for Afghanistan and Pakistan (AfPak) was eagerly anticipated. I first reported from Afghanistan in early 2006 that the war was being lost, so any new plan to address the problems is at least three years late. This is not Mr. Obama’s fault, but it is his problem.
During his March 27 announcement, Mr. Obama said that critical assets were diverted from Afghanistan to Iraq. That’s true, but it’s not the only reason why Afghanistan is in trouble. For a variety of reasons – history, geography, people – Iraq is remarkably different than AfPak.