02 December 2009

The morning after the drinking game

In all seriousness, the speech was vague on a lot of details, so it's difficult to really critique the strategy. I think it was intended as more of an emotional appeal to the American public in order to rally flagging support for the war.

I also think that President Obama's approach to Afghanistan is to appease all parties involved in the war--the generals, his own party, etc. Unfortunately, in an attempt to appease all parties, I think he may well wind up pleasing absolutely no one at all. Afghanistan's a Gordian knot, no matter how you slice it, for sure, but I think that a half-hearted surge attempt, followed by a speedy exit shows that we're neither serious about stabilizing Afghanistan, nor are we serious about leaving quickly.

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