Not Reassuring

Well this, from the New York Times, is not very encouraging:

In declaring Tuesday that he would “finish the job” in Afghanistan, President Obama used a phrase clearly meant to imply that even as he deploys an additional 30,000 or so troops, he has finally figured out how to bring the eight-year-long conflict to an end. But offering that reassuring if somewhat contradictory signal — that by adding troops he can speed the United States toward an exit — is just the first of a set of tricky messages Mr. Obama will have to deliver as he rolls out his strategy publicly.

It seems that tricky messaging is the last thing we (both the country and Obama) need right now. The protracted dithering has unnerved our allies and emboldened our foes, suggesting that the president’s heart isn’t in this and that he is desperately looking to find an out. Now he’s going to reinforce that by publicly hedging his bets? Well, that’s the sort of suggestion that seems to have come from the political-consultant crowd that didn’t want to adopt Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s plan in the first place.

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