Last night I watched the Senate Committee Foreign Relations; U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan Relations C-SPAN session, on TV. The program description is shown next:
Witnesses testified on U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The hearing took place two days after the killing by U.S. forces of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. Ranking Committee Member Dick Lugar said that President Obama has failed to justify the expense and necessity of his strategy in Afghanistan.
I thought this was a very in-depth analysis of the situation between the goals of the United States and those of Pakistan with respect to Afghanistan. Frank commentary was made by all participants.
It was generally agreed by the Committee members and the Panelists that the model we have used in Afghanistan (nation building, spreading democracy, etc.) is an unsustainable model. That this model is not the way forward for Afghanistan nor for our involvement in other terrorist battlegrounds around the world.
It was discussed that as we draw down our military involvement in Afghanistan, we should encourage a more regional military approach in making sure terrorists do not return to Afghanistan and make it their base of operations. It is in the national interests of most of the regional nations there to make sure Al-Qaeda does not return to cause instability.
It is my belief that the main idea discussed will become the policy of the United States now that Usama Bin Laden is dead.