WASHINGTON: Expressing his resolve to refocus on Afghanistan and Pakistan, President Barack Obama has said that American goals of uprooting terrorists’ safe havens were achievable in Afghanistan. Soon after announcing the timeline to withdraw all US troops from Iraq by 2011, Obama, in his speech at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, said: “it is time now to refocus on Afghanistan and Pakistan.
He last week announced to send an additional 17,000 troops to Afghanistan and has been conducting an extensive review of US policy with regard to Afghanistan and Pakistan. The President has also appointed Richard Holbrooke as the Special Envoy for the region. Obama said that US goals in Afghanistan so far was not been clear enough that was the reason he said that he had ordered a “head-to-toe, soup-to-nuts” review of the Afghan policy.
“Minimal goals in Afghanistan are that we make sure that it’s not a safe haven for al-Qaeda, they are not able to launch attacks of the sort that happened on 9/11 against the American homeland or American interests,” he said. The President said that the US had no interests or aspirations to be in Afghanistan over a long term.-SANA