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Missed Chance on Afghanistan - NYTimes.com:

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President Obama is nothing if not honest, in the teeth of neo-cons and others. Anyone who can keep even half an ear to the media knows that it is the President's intent to leave Afghanistan in terms of ground war in 2014 and to remain there in a supportive role for a looooong time.

The President did not miss a chance. The NYT missed the point.

Well not entirely. After giving the casual reader a put down, the editorial folk concede toward the end of the editorial:

"Still, he deserves enormous credit for going after Bin Laden and for the relentless pursuit of Al Qaeda’s leaders in Pakistan. He has made far more progress, with far less posturing, than his predecessor, President George W. Bush."

That should have been the point of the editorial.





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