President Obama won his second presidential term with a narrow victory. In what has been termed as one of the closest U.S Presidential races in history, the challenges that lie ahead are huge for Mr. President. Apart from having to address the growing fiscal crisis at home, America’s overseas involvement does not also bode well. A timely NATO troops withdrawal in Afghanistan will be President Obama’s biggest test. He may have ended the war in Iraq and even managed to eradicate public enemy number 1: Osama bin Laden, but his legacy is riding on a responsible withdrawal and a stable Afghanistan. In addition, the growing economic threat emanating from China, the challenges posed by India, Iran’s nuclear ambitions, and an uneasy relationship with Pakistan will not ensure a smooth second term. If anything, Americans can find solace in the fact that Mr. Obama, equipped with enhanced experience and understanding of foreign affairs, is much better suited now to address such challenges than his rival, Mitt Romney. Despite the many drawbacks and criticisms of Obama’s handling of domestic policies, he remains vigilant on international affairs and will certainly prove to be a better choice for the presidency in the coming years.
Paul Gandy New York, USA