She also spoke to Paul O'Brien of Oxfam America, who stressed that having a quick exit strategy might not be the best approach if Obama wants to gain trust with the Afghans.
"It's important to recognize that we've made a huge promise to Afghans … they are trying to make their mind up around whether to invest in the future that the international community wants for them or to go with the Taliban, who are threatening them."
Andrew Wilder of Tufts University questioned the effectiveness of aid, saying there isn't "much evidence" that it is effective. Instead, he said, "The real answer to the Afghan problem has to be the Afghans themselves, but we can put them in the driver's seat if we do our stuff right. What the security folks can do is create the space for development to happen, and they should focus on what they do well."