By talking about his sacred deadlines and by broaching the subject of negotiation with the Taliban, Obama appeared weak. This is a President for whom re-election is the central concern. Compare Obama's lack of resolve on Afghanistan with Bush's resolve on Iraq. Obama/Biden were wrong when it came to the end game in Iraq and Bush was right. At that critical moment, Obama's judgement was found wanting. Now, as President, Obama's Afghanistan policy has been and continues to be inherently linked to domestic US politics. You don't win a war by taking opinion polls at home.
Credit: New York Post