Thursday 18 January 2018

Con Coughlin: America's enemies still stand against you, Mr President

BARACK Obama believes America's decade of war is coming to a close. If only it were that simple. For a country that still has a large proportion of its armed forces deployed overseas on combat missions, surprisingly little attention was paid during the election campaign to how Mr Obama intends to deal with various national security issues. There was a flicker of interest during the final television debate, when Mitt Romney pressed the president on his policies for preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, and defeating the Taliban in Afghanistan.

For most of the campaign, though, the fate of America's struggling economy and the impending fiscal cliff took precedence over security concerns, as most war-weary American voters were happy to accept Mr Obama's assurance that he was bringing the troops home, come what may.

Having withdrawn US soldiers from the deeply unpopular war in Iraq, those fighting in Washington's last remaining combat zone in Afghanistan will be home by the end of 2014 at the latest.

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