Obama to Afghan, Pakistani Govts: Occupation Will Continue

When he took power in January, President Obama seemed to have boundless enthusiasm for continuing and escalating the war in Afghanistan, spreading it into Pakistan, throwing more troops and money at it as the whims struck him.

Nine months later, he’s seen as hesitant to approve another massive escalation, or at the very least looking for an opportune moment politically to do so. It’s not hard to see why: the war is increasingly unpopular at home, and his previous escalations have yielded nothing but rising violence.

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