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The Wall Street Journal had an interesting little tidbit:
Excuse me, but wasn't it the war strategy of Sen. Obama to set timetables for withdrawal. It shouldn't matter if it is Iraq or Afghanistan. Apparently, the Senator's philosophy of "let's all whine before it is time" doesn't come into play when he is in charge. It sure has sounded like President Obama was planning his own version of "Surge" for Afghanistan.
Gates: Setting Afghan Withdrawal Date Would Be 'Strategic Mistake'
By JON HILSENRATH and YOCHI J. DREAZEN
WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates pushed back against calls by Congress for the administration to set a timeline for withdrawing U.S. forces from Afghanistan, as unease about the White House's handling of the war grows on Capitol Hill and among the public.
In two television interviews, Mr. Gates argued that the Afghan war was vital to U.S. national security. Laying out a timeline for removing American troops from Afghanistan would be "a strategic mistake" that could embolden al Qaeda and the Taliban, he said on CNN's "State of the Union."
Mr. Gates waded into the political debate over Afghanistan at a pivotal moment in the eight-year-old war. The Obama administration is conducting a broad review of its strategy for the conflict as it weighs a request from the top American commander in Kabul, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, for up to 40,000 U.S. reinforcements. About 65,000 American troops are now in Afghanistan.
It's time to step up front and tell the world that "ready or not" we're leaving. That's how you run a war! That'll put the pressure on the Taliban to bow to public opinion. Maybe President Obama should use the same approach with nuclear weapons. We'll just disarm and that will put the pressure on Iran to bow to public opinion. Maybe he can get Iran's buddies in Russia to persuade them to go along.
Then he would truly be a great strategist and statesman! What's all that laughing coming from Iran?