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Obama Looks for an 'Exit Strategy' in Afghanistan

The president has frustrated his anti-war base with plans to escalate the war in Afghanistan, but he told “60 Minutes” on Sunday that he’s not looking to stay indefinitely: “What we can’t do is think that just a military approach in Afghanistan is going to be able to solve our problems. … So what we’re looking for is a comprehensive strategy. And there’s got to be an exit strategy.”

Reuters:

He made clear his new approach would call for a greater emphasis on economic development in Afghanistan, diplomacy with neighboring Pakistan and better coordination with international partners than under his predecessor George W. Bush.

“What we can’t do is think that just a military approach in Afghanistan is going to be able to solve our problems,” Obama said. “So what we’re looking for is a comprehensive strategy. And there’s got to be an exit strategy … There’s got to be a sense that this is not perpetual drift.”

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