[Guest post by DRJ]
ABC News says President Obama’s speech tomorrow night at West Point is the first step in selling his Af-Pak strategy:
“Senior Administration officials tell ABC News tomorrow’s speech will include a new way of doing business that President Karzai is unlikely to welcome. Instead of U.S. funds going to Karzai’s central government as they do now, much of it will go to the provincial and district level and to specific ministries such as those devoted to Afghan security.
Investments will be based on performance, a senior Administration official told ABC News. And if Karzai continues to run a government that’s full of corruption and fails to provide basic services, he may find himself out of the loop entirely. *** The era of the blank check for Karzai is over.”
I hope Obama’s performance-based strategy works. Why not do the same with the American government?