Wednesday, December 2, 2009

SPIEGEL ONLINE - Opinion: Searching in Vain for the Obama Magic

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SPIEGEL ONLINE, 12/02/2009
Opinion: Searching in Vain for the Obama Magic

Never before has a speech by President Barack Obama felt as false as
his Tuesday address announcing America's new strategy for
Afghanistan. It seemed like a campaign speech combined with Bush
rhetoric -- and left both dreamers and realists feeling distraught.

By Gabor Steingart

You can download the complete article over the Internet at the
following URL:,1518,664753,00.html

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