Good Enough?

Southasia - - 9 -

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

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