No Good End

Southasia - - Editor’s -

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

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