Assigned Reading: Obama could lock in Afghanistan decision Monday
(FROM: Deutsche Welle)
No one can say that Obama rushed this one, but a decision on Afghanistan appears to be looming. As always, the rhetoric is right: “It is my intention to finish the job.” And, again as always, the actions don’t live up to the rhetoric:
The White House said President Barack Obama could use an unusual evening war council session Monday to lock in his long-awaited decision on whether to commit tens of thousands of new U.S. forces to the stalemated war in Afghanistan.
Military officials and others said they expect Obama to settle on a middle-ground option that would deploy an eventual 32,000 to 35,000 U.S. forces to the 8-year-old conflict.
All I have to say about this is that the price for a historic presidency – historic in a good way, in any case – is making historic decision. The middle ground is never a historic decision.