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    Obama's Afghan Hedge Undercuts Clinton's NATO Ask

    Outlining his strategy to “bring this war [Afghanistan] to a successful conclusion” in a nationally televised address last night, President Obama stated that he was confident of securing additional military and civilian contributions from America’s NATO allies in the days and weeks ahead. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel … More

    Reaction to the President's Afghanistan Speech: A War to Be Won

    Tonight President Obama outlined his plans for operations in Afghanistan. The President was right to call the U.S. mission a “war of necessity” in March, and that America must “finish the job.” But even after the commitments from the White House tonight, grave concerns remain that this administration is willing … More

    The Timing Contradictions of Obama's Afghan Decision

    For months the White House has been responding to criticism that President Barack Obama was dithering on Afghanistan by saying the president had all the time in the world to make a deliberate decision. But now that Obama has finally made up his mind, all of a sudden time is … More

    Sacrifice Spending to Pay for the War

    Liberals in Congress and out are calling for a new tax to pay for the war on terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq. At the same time, rising unemployment and falling political prospects have driven President Obama and friends to fumble for stimulus 2.0, the first $787 billion Obama stimulus having … More

    Morning Bell: How Much Risk Will Obama Expose Our Troops To?

    When President Barack Obama announces his new Afghanistan policy tonight at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, Denise Young of Kokomo, Indiana, who has a 22-year-old son serving in Afghanistan, already knows what she wants to hear: “That he is going to let the generals make the … More

    Top Ten Questions and Answers on Obama's Strategy in Afghanistan

    1. If the President sends 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, does that count as a “surge?” Simply put, no, because the use of that term implies an Iraq-like strategy of ramping up forces to the maximum of what the generals are requesting. It has been widely reported that General McChrystal’s … More

    Victory or Defeat: Obama Is Now ‘the Decider’

    President Obama has finally made a decision on Afghanistan, which he will communicate to an anxious nation tomorrow night. The White House announcement no doubt has already fueled many kitchen-table conversations during this Thanksgiving weekend, maybe even heated debates. For the sake of our national security, let’s hope most families … More

    Morning Bell: Victory In Afghanistan Is No Excuse For Raising Taxes

    Speaking to the press after reports that the White House will send 34,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, President Barack Obama said, “it is my intention to finish the job.” While we wish Obama would have definitively said “I will finish the job” instead of just expressing his intent to try, his sentiments … More

    Tax Terrorists, Not Americans

    As President Obama pondered anew his strategy for winning the war on terror in Afghanistan, the antiwar crowd unleashed an odd new tactic to force a retreat: a tax. Not a new tax on the terrorists which, while obviously uncollectible, would at least be properly targeted. And, thankfully not a … More

    Administration Takes Bold and Decisive Steps on Afghanistan’s… Environment

    While the Obama Administration has appeared anything but decisive in response to field commanders’ calls for more troops in Afghanistan, the Administration is earning kudos from some for efforts to protect biodiversity. Rep. Elliot Engle has sent a “dear colleague” urging members to sign a letter to Special Envoy to … More