A Sec­ond Chance

Southasia - - Editor’s -

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

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