POLITICAL observations & opinions

* I support President Obama’s decision in Afghanistan

Posted by Lew Weinstein on December 2, 2009

Peter Baker and Adam Nagourney write in the NYT (12-2-09) …

  • President Obama went before the nation on Tuesday night to announce that he would escalate the war in Afghanistan.
  • And Mr. Obama went before the nation to announce that he had a plan to end the war in Afghanistan.
  • If the contrasting messages seemed jarring at first, they reflect the obstacles Mr. Obama faces in rallying an increasingly polarized country that itself is of two minds about what to do in Afghanistan.
  • For those who still support the war, he is sending more troops. For those against it, he is offering the assurance of the exit ramp.
  • Yet his answer to perhaps the most vexing decision to confront him yet in his presidency is one that may frustrate both sides more than it satisfies them

read the entire article at … http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/02/world/asia/02assess.html?hp


President Obama has made an excruciatingly difficult decision in a measured, intelligent manner. He has listened and he has decided. All of us, including those politicians and media who gratuitously criticize aspects of the decision, know less about the facts and consequences than does the President, and I for one am more than willing to support Mr. Obama as he struggles to deal with one war which should have been over long ago (Afghanistan) and another which should never have been started (Iraq).


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