Pelosi rejects ‘war tax’ for troop increase – washingtonpost.com

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday scuttled a proposal to create a “war tax” to finance the increased troop deployment to Afghanistan, an idea that had come from her closest allies in the Capitol. via Pelosi rejects plan to impose ‘war tax’ for troop increase – washingtonpost.com.

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 […]

A Half-Hearted Afghanistan Strategy – by Michael Reagan

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The pitfalls of a publicized end date.

Obama’s Afghan Plan Fails to Satisfy Left or Right – FOXNews.com

By offering something to all sides in the debate, Obama may have left all sides unsatisfied — from liberal groups who have protested troop increases to conservatives who object to a fixed timetable for withdrawal. via Obama’s Afghan Plan Fails to Satisfy Left or Right – FOXNews.com.

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.

Fred Barnes: What Obama Needs to Say at West Point, The Weekly Standard

You can’t fight a successful war unless the commander-in-chief is fully committed to it. So President Obama’s chief task in his speech Tuesday night on Afghanistan is to make it absolutely clear that he is. This won’t be easy. Obama comes from the antiwar wing of the Democratic party that opposes the use of force […]