The war in Afghanistan is one of President Barack Obama’s most challenging foreign policy problems, in part because it was allowed to get worse over the past five years as the Bush administration concentrated on Iraq.
“Afghanistan has been going on auto-pilot since the United States decided to go to Iraq,” says Lawrence Korb, former Assistant Secretary of Defense under Ronald Reagan.
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Korb argues that Obama will have to increase the number of U.S. troop levels to enhance security and reduce reliance on indiscriminate aerial attacks, but will still need to address nettlesome political and economic problems that have festered over the past several years.
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