More Afghanistan Speech Reactions
As promised, “Obama’s Afghanistan Speech: Reactions From Around the World” is up at New Atlanticist.
The focus is on European reactions which are rather mixed. The key players are, with the glaring exception of Germany’s Angela Merkel, all saying the right things. But there are few indications that the president changed anyone’s mind last night.
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle was especially sharp: “Obama also took his time to work out the speech and his strategy and we will take our own time to assess what he said and discuss this with our allies.” He did offer, however, “we Germans are ready to do more in the area of police training, because that is the only route to self-sufficient security, to a handover of responsibilities.”
Much, much more at the “link.