The Obama Undoctrine

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Foreign policy that stands for everything and nothing. And has accomplished nothing.

Demonizing America’s Mainstream Right

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A West Point think tank targets “violent” anti-government sentiment.

Frederick W. Kagan and William Kristol: Support the President, Weekly Standard

President Obama has ordered sufficient reinforcements to Afghanistan to execute a war strategy that can succeed. We applaud this decision. And we urge everyone to rally round the effort to defeat our enemies and accomplish objectives vital to America’s national security.Obama’s decision, and the speech in which it was announced, were not flawless. The president […]

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 […]

The Welfare State and Military Power – WSJ.com

For our money, one of the better parts of President Obama’s speech at West Point this week was his connection between a healthy economy and U.S. national security. To quote: “Our prosperity provides a foundation for our power. It pays for our military. It underwrites our diplomacy.” We only wish Mr. Obama understood the link […]

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 […]

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.

Transcript of Obama speech on Afghanistan – CNN.com

West Point, New York CNN — President Obama spoke Tuesday night at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, about the future of the U.S. military engagement in Afghanistan. The following is a transcript of his remarks:Good evening. To the United States Corps of Cadets, to the men and women of our […]

Obama Bets Big on Brief Surge – WSJ.com

WEST POINT, N.Y. — President Barack Obama announced Tuesday a surge of 30,000 troops to Afghanistan, along with plans to begin withdrawing the reinforcements in 18 months — a potentially high-risk political and military strategy. via Obama Bets Big on Brief Surge – WSJ.com.