A Second Chance
Your cover story on U.S President, Barack Obama’s second term highlighted a range of analyses on the subject. The entire story was very balanced and informative, providing extensive analysis on a range of issues from numerous perspectives. I agree that the foreign policy challenges facing Obama in his second term are insurmountable and will be much harder to address. Not only does the U.S face a looming economic crisis and a dubious healthcare law, the recent elementary school shooting also raises concerns of domestic violence. On the foreign policy front, President Obama will have to take decisive action against Iran, address the issue of terrorist safe havens in Pakistan, and show solidarity with the people of the Middle East who continue to fight for their democratic rights. Most importantly, however, he will have to conduct a timely and responsible NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan, all the while ensuring that the country does not implode. These are challenges that would intimidate any president but it is for the better that President Obama is the president of choice. Obama is well-versed in political diplomacy and has gained much experience working with volatile countries on sensitive topics. He also has an enhanced understanding of military affairs as opposed to his presidential rival, Governor Mitt Romney. While the challenges are magnanimous, President Obama is well equipped to handle them.
Mark Seidel New York, USA