Obama’s Long War

By Lindsey Ellerson

Mar 27, 2009 6:02pm

ABC News’ David Chalian and Karen Travers report: When President Obama unveiled his plan to grow the U.S. effort in Afghanistan at the White House this morning, he did so without attaching a timetable for withdrawal of US troops.  So how long can Americans expect to see U.S. forces actively engaged in Afghanistan?  We posed that question to foreign policy pro Michael O’Hanlon of Brookings Institution today on ABC News Now’s "Politics Live."

"It’s going to take us a good year to see the real results of this kick in because the forces will deploy gradually and because Afghanistan is so far behind in its own institutional development. It’s not going to be as fast as the surge produced results in Iraq. So, I would argue that we should  be talking about time but really to council patients. It’s going to take a year to begin to see results and we’re going to have to stay at this higher level of forces for the entirety of Mr. Obama’s first term," said O’Hanlon.

Check out the rest of the interview below:

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