Friday, March 27, 2009

Obama's Afghanistan Pakistan Strategy Announcement Video

2008 was the deadliest year for American soldiers in Afghanistan. Terrorists who planned and supported 9-11 attacks are in the Afghan-Pakistan region scheming, Obama said.

Read the policy here. Objectives:
Achieving our core goal is vital to U.S. national security. It requires, first of all, realistic and achievable objectives. These include:

• Disrupting terrorist networks in Afghanistan and especially Pakistan to degrade any
ability they have to plan and launch international terrorist attacks.

• Promoting a more capable, accountable, and effective government in Afghanistan that
serves the Afghan people and can eventually function, especially regarding internal
security, with limited international support.

• Developing increasingly self-reliant Afghan security forces that can lead the
counterinsurgency and counterterrorism fight with reduced U.S. assistance.

• Assisting efforts to enhance civilian control and stable constitutional government in
Pakistan and a vibrant economy that provides opportunity for the people of Pakistan.

• Involving the international community to actively assist in addressing these objectives for
Afghanistan and Pakistan, with an important leadership role for the UN.

A New Way Forward

Madeleine Albright approves: