The The NYT explains that Obama is readying a major US military push to cut the neo-Taliban off from their funding sources in the poppy trade.
The problem is that a) the Taliban are probably being bankrolled by Gulf millionaires to some extent, and so ending the poppy trade will not put them down. Second, a lot of ordinary Afghan farmers depend on poppies and the new policy could push many of them into insurgency.
Aljazeera English also reports on Obama’s recent comments on Pakistan. He says he is not concerned about a Taliban takeover in the short term, but is anxious that the civilian Pakistani government is fragile. This stance is an improvement on that of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who was talking about a Pakistani collapse within six months.
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