Dr. Mehnaz Momen is an Associate Professor of Social Sciences in Texas A & M International University.
In an interview with Voice of America, Dr Mehnaz Momen analyzes President Barack Obama's speech on Afghan Policy. She discusses the international and domestic ramifications of increasing troops in Afghanistan. She appreciates President Obama's goal to begin bringing soldiers home from 2011 but fears that it might take much longer than that.
Miss Momen says that the experience in Iraq has proved that troops may not be withdrawn within a stipulated time if the ground situation is unfavorable. She says that International support for Afghan War from the Allies as well as from countries like Iran has been tremendous and it is true that unlike the Iraq war, the mission in Afghanistan was supported by NATO, had UN mandate too.
However, she cautions that supports might start decreasing if the war is prolonged. Mehnaz Momen says that a distinction has to be made between the Talibans and the Al Quada members. Talibans are very much Afghan people and President Karzai's efforts to bring them back to democratic government is noticeable. She, however, stressed that efforts must be taken to keep the Talibans away from the dictates of Al Qaeda.