Obama’s Afghanistan Plan: Same as the Old Plan?
President Obama’s new strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan has won the backhanded praise of Hamid Karzai, who termed it “better than we were expecting.” Gordon Brown has lauded the plan as well and called for NATO to do more. Even the neocons are happy with Max Boot pronouncing it “pretty much all that supporters of the war effort could have asked for, and probably pretty similar to what a President McCain would have decided on.”
Yet, it remains unclear what precisely is “new” about the new plan.
In my New Atlanticist piece fleshing out this question, “Obama’s Afghanstan Plan: What’s So New About It?” I examine the things that seems to have people enthusiastic about the announcement and find very little to distinguish it from the policies of the Bush administration.
Hell, we still don’t have an exit strategy.