Obama, who has put the draw-down of combat troops at the heart of his foreign policy, declared that "the world is behind the strategy" of giving Afghans control over their own security, but stressed that "now it's our task to implement if effectively."
THESE GUYS MUST BOTH BE STONED OUT OF THEIR GOURDS IF THEY THINK THEY'RE EMBARKING ON A STRATEGY FOR SUCCESS!
THERE CAN BE NO PEACE IN AFGHANISTAN UNTIL WARLORDISM AND ISLAMISM ARE ERASED FROM WITHIN ITS BORDERS.
AND - AS FAR AS AFGHANISTAN IS CONCERNED - THAT MEANS DEFEATING ISLAMISM IN PAKISTAN.
IF WE ARE NOT WILLING TO USE UNLIMITED KINETIC FORCE TO DO THAT, THEN WE SHOULD USE SUFFICIENT DIPLOMATIC AND ECONOMIC FORCE:
COMPLETELY SHUN PAKISTAN - AND AFGHANISTAN AND ALL OTHER ISLAMIST NATIONS - BAN THEM FRO THE UN, FROM THE WORLD BANK, FROM THE IMF, FROM THE IAEA, FROM THE WTO AND SLAP HUGE TARIFFS ON EVERYTHING THEY EXPORT.
IF THEY DON'T WANT TO BECOME A PART OF THE FREE WORLD, AND IF THEY CONTINUE TO BE HOSTILE TO US, THEN WE SHOULDN'T LET THEM BENEFIT FROM OUR VALUES AND EFFORTS ONE BIT.