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12.01.09

Did America Buy It?

The Daily Beast experts Peter Beinart, Nicolle Wallace, Tunku Varadarajan, Christopher Brownfield, Saad Mohseni, Ret. Col. Ken Allard, Elise Jordan, and Benjamin Sarlin weigh in on Obama’s Afghanistan battle cry.

The Opposite of Rousing
By Peter Beinart

The goals were narrow, and delivered without regard to America’s moral obligation to Afghanistan. Peter Beinart on Obama’s missed opportunity.

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Right Policy, Wrong Speech
By Nicolle Wallace

Obama’s embrace of the counterinsurgency strategy deserves applause across the political spectrum. But what was missing, Nicolle Wallace argues, was any sense of what’s in his heart.

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Obama's Eeyore Act
By Tunku Varadarajan

It was elegant, but would it kill him to endorse winning? Tunku Varadarajan on how Obama’s Afghan ambivalence left even the cadets depressed.

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Fighting the Wrong War
By Christopher Brownfield

Obama’s worst-case scenario is a terrorist grabbing a nuke from a failed state. So what would his new plan do to prevent that?

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The View from Kabul

The goals are good, says Afghan media mogul Saad Mohseni, but by putting a time limit on America’s involvement, Obama emboldens the enemy.

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Ignoring Iraq’s Lessons
By Elise Jordan

The success of Obama’s Afghan plan rests heavily on the continued success of Bush’s Iraq surge. Elise Jordan on the debt the president owes his predecessor.

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He's No JFK
By Ken Allard

The speech wasn’t bad. But Obama failed to inspire, let alone satisfy. Ken Allard asks: Whatever happened to “pay any price, bear any burden?”

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Borrowing From Bush's Playbook
By Benjamin Sarlin

Obama’s speech contained eerie echoes of Bush’s wartime addresses. Or did it? Benjamin Sarlin compares the rhetoric.

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Watch: 7 Key Moments to Obama's Speech
By The Daily Beast Video

The goals were narrow, and delivered without regard to America’s moral obligation to Afghanistan. Peter Beinart of Obama’s missed opportunity.

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