Dithering on Afghanistan

In my column this week for the FT I say that Obama has already taken much too long to make up his mind on Afghanistan.

After eight years of government by gut instinct, most Americans welcomed the arrival of a deliberative president. Yes, get the experts in. Reflect, weigh their advice. What a good idea.

And so it is if you are attempting, say, to reform the healthcare system. (A shame it was not tried.) There is even more to be said for taking your time if you are contemplating going to war. But when you are already fighting one, it has drawbacks. The US has been at war in Afghanistan for eight years - and it is losing. On this issue, Barack Obama is giving deliberation a bad name. He needs to make his mind up.

You can read the rest of it here.