No Good End
Although President Obama has secured a second presidential term, it is unlikely that this will be any different from his first stay. A Republicandominated Congress will undoubtedly stall or halt any major progress that may be possible, domestically or internationally, essentially paralyzing Obama. The President faces serious challenges ahead and some analysts predict that since he will not be able to run for another term, elections are no longer a priority and Obama will push his agenda more decisively and aggressively. While the President may feel more emboldened to take bigger steps in the realm of international politics, he will still require the approval of Congress and will find his hands tied tightly. There is no easy withdrawal strategy from Afghanistan and President Obama is no longer in a position to decide how to withdraw responsibly. It may be too late for that. The most he can do is it to chart out an exit strategy with minimal losses and maximum guarantees to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a failed state yet again. Either case, with challenges so magnanimous, even Obama’s second term might not be good enough to offer a concrete solution.
Matthew Orfeld Kabul, Afghanistan