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SUBJECT: Media Reaction Rio de Janeiro: The Most Appropriate Decision
(Afghanistan)

The Most Appropriate Decision

Rio-based center-right daily O Globo writes: "President Barack
Obama made the painful decision to send 30,000 additional troops to
Afghanistan in 2010, increasing the number of American military in
the country to almost 100,000. However, it is a measure coherent
with the U.S. President's diagnosis regarding the situation in Iraq
and Afghanistan. (...) In the latter, the initial advances have
been cancelled out due to the extent which the Taliban dominate
vast areas and, together with al-Qaeda, have transformed the
frontier region between the two countries into a jihadist's nest. A
nuclear arsenal is housed with Islamic extremist groups in
Pakistan, a situation that maximizes the risk of devastating
terrorist attacks throughout the world. Obama responded to the
request of the American Commander in Afghanistan, for whom the
current situation is unsustainable. However (...) has already set
the return date of the American troops: July 2011 (the President
wishes to withdraw the troops from Iraq until the end of that
year). (...) In his speech at West Point Academy, Obama sent a
message to President Hamid Karzai (...) The U.S. wants to see an
Afghan government that is effective and decisive in combating
corruption. There is no guarantee of success in the new strategy.
Even so, it is the most appropriate step under the circumstances."
(Dec 3, page 6)
HEARNE

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