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September 20, 2009

Shocked, Stunned, and Otherwise Staggered: Obama Announces the War That Hitherto Was Known as "The War That Must Be Won" Doesn't Necessarily Have to be Won At All

From The Politico:

President Barack Obama is warning U.S. commanders that he’s “skeptical” about whether more troops will make a difference in Afghanistan, saying he’ll approve an expected request only if the forces fit into a strategy to beat back al-Qaida and protect the United States.

U.S. generals are preparing to seek as many as tens of thousands additional troops for the increasingly unpopular conflict, but in several of his five Sunday talk show interviews, Obama made clear that he’s far from convinced about the need for a massive infusion of forces and won’t be rushed on the decision.

“We’re going to test whatever resources we have against our strategy, which is, if by sending young men and women into harm’s way, we are defeating al Qaeda–and that can be shown to a skeptical audience, namely me, somebody who is always asking hard questions about deploying troops— then we will do what’s required to keep the American people safe,” Obama said on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”

Who could have seen that coming.

Thanks to AHFF Geoff.

Bending the Curve: eman has a preview of next week's spin:

Obviously, there is no way we can win in Afghanistan without first passing healthcare reform and comprehensive immigration reform.

Indeed. It's all connected, you know.



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