On his second day in Afghanistan, on a tour aimed at boosting his foreign policy credentials, Barack Obama met with President Hamid Karzai. The US Democratic Presidential hopeful has criticised the Afghan leader for not doing enough to rebuild his war-torn country.
But there will be no tough talk from Obama this trip, he has said he intends to listen not dictate policy. And he was certainly making little comment at a breakfast earlier with US troops in Kabul. A spokesman said he went on to discuss soldiers’ ordeals in the country.
Obama is hoping to answer criticism at home that he has not enough experience to become Commander in Chief. His rapport with the armed personnel abroad seemed convincing enough. “The food is excellent but the company is even better,” he quipped, answering a reporter’s question about the breakfast.
Obama has made Afghanistan the focus of his plans for tackling terrorism saying it deserves more troops. Though more than six years have passed since US led forces toppled the Taliban, there are few signs the insurgency is weakening.