Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Quickie: Forget Karzai's House, Go Small and Stay Home

Via FP, Aaron David Miller, public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a former State Department adviser writes Go Small and Stay Home for Foreign Policy.  "With an opposition Congress coming soon, Obama would be wise to resist the temptation of becoming a foreign-policy president." Excerpt

"It matters far less whether Nancy Pelosi or John Boehner wields the speaker's gavel than how Karzai deals with the Taliban and whether Nouri al-Maliki and Ayad Allawi can get along. In the new world of the small tribe and the great power, the United States' leverage is limited. We really have become a modern day Gulliver -- tied up by small, determined powers whose interests aren't our own. And these aren't Wilson's or FDR's wars. Victory is determined not by whether we can win, but by when we can leave, and what -- if anything -- of value we leave behind."

Read the whole thing here.

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