In his first speech to the United Nations General Assembly, President Obama will bluntly push the international community to work together in meeting new challenges. As he pushes nations to fulfill their responsibility, the Obama administration itself is rethinking its strategy for Afghanistan.
“Some of our actions have yielded progress. Some have laid the groundwork for progress in the future. But make no mistake: this cannot be solely America’s endeavor,” the president will say, according to excerpts released by the White House.
“Those who used to chastise America for acting alone in the world cannot now stand by and wait for America to solve the world’s problems alone. We have sought — in word and deed — a new era of engagement with the world,” the president will say. “Now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges.”
The war in Afghanistan is one of Obama’s greatest international challenges, both domestically and abroad. Internally, the White House is hesitant to commit more troops to the region unless there are sure signs the current strategy there is working. The top general in Afghanistan, Gen. McChrystal, is likely to request more troops to combat the growing influence of al Qaeda and the resurgence of the Taliban in the war-torn country.
The president is exploring alternatives to a major troop increase, including a plan from Vice President Joe Biden to focus more on rooting out al Qaeda and the Taliban on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, a strategy that could entail reducing troops.
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