… I like the fact that Obama said he would expedite the deployment of the additional troops to Afghanistan.
I went to bed annoyed about the wishy-washyness of what David Ignatius has labeled the “surge, then leave” strategy — why commit to a July 2011 date to begin drawing down the troops? The administration can’t even predict how many Americans will accept free money to buy a new car. What makes them think they can predict that the country will be stable enough to start leaving in 18 months — in a situation where the enemy gets a vote?
But this morning I remembered that with Guantanamo, Obama has already proven his ability to abandon a silly deadline. Once the troops are deployed, the boots on the ground will be real. The withdrawal date will be a goal.
It’s Mr. Obama’s war now.
(White House photo of the announcement at West Point)