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May 2nd, 2012
11:06 AM ET

Defining success in Afghanistan – RAND's Seth Jones on what President Obama should have said in his speech

President Obama made a surprise trip to Afghanistan yesterday, declaring the country is no longer a safe haven for terrorists and Al Qaeda's defeat is now within reach.

The trip included an agreement with Afghan President Hamid Karzai outlining the strategic partnership between the two countries after 2014.

But the speech didn't please everyone, including the New York Times. In an editorial this morning they wrote,

"The White house set it up as a big moment, but the President squandered the chance to fully explain his exit strategy from a war Americans are desperate to see brought to an end."

Seth Jones, senior political scientist for the RAND Corporation and former senior adviser for U.S. Special Operations command in Afghanistan, explains the important details President Obama needed to include in his speech.


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