Afghanistan: The month before the one-year anniversary of his inauguration, the president has finally settled on the strategy for what he called a “war of necessity.” But leaving, not winning, is the goal.How often in history, if ever, has a British defense secretary slammed a U.S. commander in chief for indecisiveness? Britain’s Bob Ainsworth last week blamed the lack of clear direction from the U.S. as responsible for the British public’s dwindling support for the Afghan war.Ainsworth, a former auto plant union official, is no right-wing hawk. At a town hall meeting last month, notorious British pacifist Bruce Kent of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament demanded he hold “talks with the Taliban in neutral countries and talk about their aims” and said not all Taliban are “fanatical maniacs.” Partially agreeing, Ainsworth said, “Not all the Taliban are fanatical maniacs, but some of them are, and are not reconcilable.”This is what President Obama is counting on — as many as 10,000 added European and other NATO troops from a European public, and their representatives, who believe in Taliban “moderates.”
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