Charles Krauthammer: An Ambivalent Call to Arms, Daily News

We shall fight in the air, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields, we shall fight in the hills – for 18 months. Then we start packing for home. We shall never surrender – unless the war gets too expensive, in which case, we shall quote Eisenhower on “the […]

Andrew C. McCarthy: Alinsky Does Afghanistan, National Review Online

If there is one word that captures President Obama’s much-anticipated Afghanistan speech, it is “cynical.” Yes, the speech was also internally contradictory, counter-historical, and premised on fatally flawed assumptions about Islam and the Afghan people. Cynicism, however, is the defining feature of Obama speeches. This one was no different: from its use of the United […]

A Half-Hearted Afghanistan Strategy – by Michael Reagan

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The pitfalls of a publicized end date.

Robert Kagan: Obama’s Lonely Decision, Washington Post

So now two presidents in the space of less than three years have bucked overwhelming conventional wisdom, as well as public opinion, and decided that they did not want to lose a war. And what lonely decisions these have been. Perhaps the most disturbing thing about the last few years has been the stunningly large […]

Obama’s War – by Matt Gurney

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The hardest choices ahead.

Standing with Obama – by Jamie Weinstein

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Why the conservatives should back the president on Afghanistan.

Peter Beinart: The Opposite of Rousing – The Daily Beast

The goals were narrow, and delivered without regard to America’s moral obligation to Afghanistan. Peter Beinart on Obama’s missed opportunity.The best that can be said about President Obama’s West Point speech is that it was civil. Obama did not accuse opponents of the Afghan surge of appeasement; he did not imply that he has a […]

Photo Collection » Photographer Collection: David Guttenfelder in Afghanistan Photos

Captured Photo Collection » Photographer Collection: David Guttenfelder in Afghanistan Photos.

Investors.com – Surge Or Vietnam

Afghanistan: The month before the one-year anniversary of his inauguration, the president has finally settled on the strategy for what he called a “war of necessity.” But leaving, not winning, is the goal.How often in history, if ever, has a British defense secretary slammed a U.S. commander in chief for indecisiveness? Britain’s Bob Ainsworth last […]

Obama’s Hedged Bet on Afghanistan – by Jacob Laksin

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The president backs a strategy for success – but with a political timeline attached.