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Modest Victories

December 27, 2009 // El Pais - Spain - Spanish

The only possible victories in the new multi-polar world, with powers that are limited and necessarily negotiable, are of this kind: Victories that are modest, fragile, even temporary...

Afghanistan: Cracks in Obama’s Plan

December 16, 2009 // El Pais - Spain - Spanish

The reasons and objectives of the president of the United States are more realistic than those of his predecessor. However, numerous political, military and regional events make it impossible that the withdrawal from Afghanistan could begin in 2011.

Obama Opts for Tax Cuts to Combat Unemployment

December 11, 2009 // La Razon - Spain - Spanish

For a country like the United States, accustomed to nearly full employment, a 10 percent unemployment rate makes reduction the top political priority. Unemployment is the Obama administration’s true Achilles' heel. In order to stop the bleeding, the president of the United States has launched an employment plan [Read more]

Obama Goes to War

December 9, 2009 // El Pais - Spain - Spanish

What will take up more space in Barack Obama's biography: the war in Afghanistan or health care reform in the United States? Both are bold, historic bets that Obama staked during his first year as president. One has already been won: the health care system will be reformed, by less than what is necessary, but more than [Read more]

Decisions About Afghanistan

December 7, 2009 // ABC Journal - Spain - Spanish

President Obama has taken more than three months of intense advising to respond to the report by the top representative of the North American forces and NATO in Afghanistan (ISAF) about the delicate situation in the country. The debate over the means of employment, of very high military content, has centered on the [Read more]

Escalation in Afghanistan

December 4, 2009 // El Pais - Spain - Spanish

<b>Obama’s plan errs on the side of optimism and is dependent on too many factors outside of his control.</b> More than eight months after announcing a change of strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan in order to “dismantle and defeat” Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, the U.S. president has finally delivered by sending [Read more]
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