Obama is slowly discovering why Afghanistan is not like Iraq. Slowly discovering the differences between the military options and strategies, along with the economic and social ones. He now faces a real problem. His own problem to solve. He will have to also deal with Russia on this. For me this is a issue worth watching to begin to measure our new president with. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/05/world/europe/05kyrgyz.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss U.S. Searches for Alternative to Central Asian Base WASHINGTON The Obama administration scrambled Wednesday to come up with an alternative to a crucial United States air base in Central Asia, used to supply the growing military operation in Afghanistan, after the president of Kyrgyzstan ordered the American base in his country closed.