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America's global commitments, from Japan to Germany, NATO to Afghanistan, EUCOM to AFRICOM, the Gulf of Mexico to the Persian Gulf, USPACOM in Honolulu to CENTCOM in Tampa, Fla., all are being reassessed - at home and abroad. Can a superpower - whose infrastructure is rapidly decaying to Third World standards in many sectors and is in need of a $1 trillion face-lift - afford to be the free world's gendarme, spending more on defense than the rest of the world put together?
Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday reaffirmed his commitment for Afghan police and soldiers to take charge of security nationwide by 2014 and urged his international backers to distribute more of their development aid through the government.
In their first White House meeting, President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron were united Tuesday on issues of global security and the war in Afghanistan, while Mr. Cameron walked a fine line on oil giant BP and Scotland's release of the Lockerbie bomber.
A U.S.-born, al Qaeda-linked cleric, in a message appearing Monday on militant websites, warned the American people that President Obama will mire U.S. forces in Yemen just as Afghanistan.
In June 2005, before becoming speaker of the House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi said, "The war in Afghanistan is over," making the case that Guantanamo detainees should therefore be released. It was a political ploy unconnected to the reality of Afghanistan. Five years later, U.S. combat fatalities in Afghanistan are five times higher.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday vowed the United States and its allies will stand by Afghanistan even as fears are growing about the course of the nearly 9-year-old war and the Obama administration's plans to begin withdrawing American troops from the country next year.
The White House on Monday said the war in Afghanistan is "first and foremost" on the agenda for Prime Minister David Cameron's first Washington visit with President Obama.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sought Monday to persuade skeptical Pakistanis that American interest in their country extends beyond the fight against Islamist militants by announcing a raft of new aid projects worth $500 million.