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The Rundown - December 4

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

Karzai praises Obama's timeline in an AP interview
# Anders Fogh Rasmussen sees light at the end of the tunnel
# Jim Webb seeks clarity from Obama on Afghanistan
# Robert Gates backtracks on a firm deadline for withdrawal
# Seth Jones thinks the war will be won in Pakistan
# Max Hastings on the Taliban's timeline
# Kim Strassel thinks Obama needs to rally the U.S.

A detainee says he saw Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan this year
# The Pakistani Taliban's war on schoolchildren
# The use of drones in Pakistan is set to expand
# Oliver Roy on the Pakistani Pashtuns and Afghan peace

Vladimir Putin "might" run for president in 2012...maybe
# Putin attacked Mikhail Khordokovsky in his address
# Moises Naim wonders what happened to Russian geniuses

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
The Economist thinks Obama was uninspiring at West Point
# Zaki Laidi doesn't think Obama wants a multipolar world
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"
# Embassy Row - the "Washington Times"

-- Zach Peterson

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