Then the President and his advisers began talking down the timeline for withdrawal.
Is it just me or does President Obama sound exactly like President Bush here:
Just as we have done in Iraq, we will execute this transition responsibly, taking into account conditions on the ground. We will continue to advise and assist Afghanistan's Security Forces to ensure that they can succeed over the long haul. But it will be clear to the Afghan government - and, more importantly, to the Afghan people - that they will ultimately be responsible for their own country.
When President Bush talked about conditions on the ground dictating events, he was evil incarnate.
When President Obama talks about conditions on the ground dictating events, he is a genius.
When President Bush asked for a surge in troops so we can escalate this thing to an end, then Senator Obama, was leading the charge to cut and run. Now, President Obama sounds like President Bush.
All the lefties told us that if we really cared about our troops we would bring them home. I wonder if they will make the same demand out from President Obama.
I believe this is the smartest decision President Obama has made since becoming President. As far as a timeline, he seems to be walking a tight rope with his lefty buddies. The President does not sound real committed to a timeline. Worse yet, the President does not sound committed to victory, so we can leave Afghanistan.
I love the blame Bush disease that President Obama has, especially now when he sounds just like President Bush. Blame Bush and then follow in his footsteps. Slam Bush for his winning strategy and then President Obama takes credit for the miraculous turn around.
Perhaps President Obama will think that nobody will notice.
My biggest amazement with this, is how long it took the President to arrive at this moment. Of course, I was also amazed at how long it took President Bush to figure out that Rumsfeld need to go.
In the end, we still do not really have a path for victory in Afghanistan, nor does the President appear to really care if we succeed in Afghanistan.
Yep- I am confused. Things are about as clear as mud now, huh?
Edited to add: Seems I am not the only one confused.