Fareed Zakaria, The Washington Post | October 4, 2010
Having spent $ 2 trillion already in Iraq and Afghanistan, President Obama’s policy to put a limit on more spending in Afghanistan is a rational decision. ++ It is not possible for the US to achieve complete victory in its counterinsurgency efforts in Afghanistan. ++ The real competition is with the Taliban, who are deeply entrenched in the region and challenging the institutions built by the US in recent years. ++ For the US to have a decent exit from Afghanistan, only a new and balanced strategy will work.