December 2, 2009

INARTFUL DODGER:

The Fog of War: Obama's Afghanistan speech was confusing. (John Dickerson, Dec. 1, 2009, Slate)

Since his inauguration, Barack Obama has tripled the number of troops fighting in Afghanistan. After announcing the latest surge of 30,000 new soldiers in a speech at West Point, it is clear that he is a president actively prosecuting a war, not merely tending to one that was left to him.

The rest, though, is a bit blurry.


Dodging the Real Questions on Afghanistan: President Obama didn't confront the fundamental questions of the Afghanistan conflict, a move that puts his overall policy at risk (Tim Fernholz | December 2, 2009, American Prospect)
The debate is over, the speech delivered, and 30,000 more American soldiers are headed to Afghanistan at the behest of President Barack Obama. He didn't look too happy about it.

Obama's Afghan Speech -- Long on Platitudes, Short on Substance (Michael Cohen, 12/1/09, Sphere)
If you tuned in late to President Obama's speech this evening announcing his decision to send an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan, you might be forgiven for initially thinking that George W Bush was still president. [...]

Quite simply, Obama's speech was long on platitudes, but bare on substance -- and provided little actual guidance to how this increased military escalation will be waged.


And these are his friends.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at December 2, 2009 3:11 PM
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