03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Why Were There No Afghans At Obama's Afghanistan Meetings? Commentary

President Obama has been meeting with a lot of people about Afghanistan in recent days. As a man whose short political career has been spent primarily as a state senator in Illinois, he can't be expected to understand much about the Afghan situation--about the economy of Daikondi, healthcare in Mazar-i-Sharif, differences between Pashtun and Hazara, the difficulties of raising a family in Kabul without electricity, plumbing, or an honest police force. How about imprisoned Afghan journalists, or Afghan refugee children beaten nearly to death by Greek police? President Obama is an intelligent, ethical, and driven man, and should be congratulated for taking the time to understand Afghanistan's situation.

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