Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Biden provides voice of reason?
The New York Times reports this morning that President Obama is taking Vice-President Biden's plan to scale back the military presence in Afghanistan into consideration.
Under the Biden plan, special forces would be sent into Pakistan to take out Al-Qaeda cells, while conventional warfare in the Afghan countryside would wind down. NATO forces would continue to train the Afghani police and military.
Though Obama rejected this approach in March, apparently the success of unmanned drones and cooperation from Pakistan has yielded some success on the other side of the border. While spilling the war on terror into another country seems problematic, my biggest reservations with military action in Pakistan were the civilian casualties from unmanned drones and resistance from the Pakistani government. If they are, in fact, collaborating in operations, then civilian casualties will likely be reduced, and national sovereignty will not be infringed.