Speaking to CNN while still in China, US President Barack Obama says he is “very close to a decision” on the way forward in the war in Afghanistan and expects to make his case publicly in the next several weeks, giving clarity on American policy, how the new policies will succeed and the cost of the war. Obama added that his preference is not to hand off the war in Afghanistan to the next president, but that was not the same as a full withdrawal by 2012. He also underscored the fact that Hamid Karzai “has served his country in important ways”, but has some weaknesses. Read more at the New York Times
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