Sec'y Clinton: Obama's Afghan policy right for US

AP News
Posted: Dec 02, 2009 9:32 AM

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is calling the Obama administration's newly announced surge-and-exit strategy in Afghanistan "the best way to protect our nation now and in the future."

In testimony she readied for a Senate panel Wednesday, Clinton also maintained that the strategy overhaul that President Barack Obama has announced was badly needed in the wake of the time and energy the U.S. has spent in recent years elsewhere _ in Iraq.

Clinton said in her prepared remarks that the American focus in Afghanistan has been distracted in recent years by "the fog of another war." She said if the United States doesn't remain committed in Afghanistan, the terrorist forces that attacked this country will again have access to "the very same safe havens they used before 2001."