"So far, it appears that NATO leaders have done a good job in containing a potentially nasty crisis from emerging. Even so, the stress and the strain among alliance members were quite apparent in Warsaw last week. Yet if the US is really intent on realigning its objectives to the war in Afghanistan, it will be hard to avoid the notion that the war on terror has indeed turned into a war on drugs. Subsequently, we can expect to see a split once again between several European countries on the one hand and a coalition of the willing led by the US on the other, much in the same way as it was with the war in Iraq. And if recent history is anything to go by, one of the major issues of the next presidential election in the US may be a timetable for the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan."
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