The Caretaker has drawn my attention to an article that contradicts my post below on Afghanistan, that says that the U.S. mission will not be nation-building, but rather focused on Taliban and Al-Queda:
In a surprising but welcome gesture, Iran's Hague summit representative offered NATO and the US Iran's help in rebuilding Afghanistan Tuesday. Iran's envoy, Mohammad Mehdi Akhundzadeh, expressed support for the Obama administration's new Afghan strategy, which will focus specifically on the Taliban and al-Queda elements in that country rather than on a broad nation-building effort. More specifically, however, Iran said it welcomes the US strategy because it will serve its own interests in fighting the heavy drug trafficking on the Iranian-Afghani border.
I am delighted that Iran and the US are talking and trying to work together on something important. That is without a doubt a breakthrough for the Obama administration.
It remains to be seen what the scope of the US involvement in Afghanistan will be, and whether it can be successful.