Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Avoiding the wars that never end

President Obama sweats out appointment of a GOP stalwart to run the Pentagon
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by George Friedman, Stratfor
Last week, U.S. President Barack Obama announced that the United States would transfer the primary responsibility for combat operations in Afghanistan to the Afghan military in the coming months, a major step toward the withdrawal of U.S. forces. Also last week, France began an intervention in Mali designed to block jihadists from taking control of the country and creating a base of operations in France's former African colonies. 

The two events are linked in a way that transcends the issue of Islamist insurgency and points to a larger geopolitical shift. The United States is not just drawing down its combat commitments; it is moving away from the view that it has the primary responsibility for trying to manage the world on behalf of itself, the Europeans and its other allies. Instead, that burden is shifting to those who have immediate interests involved... One may read more at Stratfor's website
Mr. Friedman is a former CIA official with considerable international experience. He now operates a private intelligence service – Strategic Forecasting – out of Austin. - The Legendary(click here for the true gen, folks)

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