Obama's speech at West Point. Steve Coll, The New Yorker

Obama was confusing. John Dickerson, Slate.

Obama is wrong. Tom Friedman, NYT. Love that headline.

Obama is right. David Ignatius, Washington Post. But:

Obama thinks that setting deadlines will force the Afghans to get their act together at last. That strikes me as the most dubious premise of his strategy. He is telling his adversary that he will start leaving on a certain date, and telling his ally to be ready to take over then, or else. That's the weak link in an otherwise admirable decision -- the idea that we strengthen our hand by announcing in advance that we plan to fold it.

That's quite a weak link, that weak link.

An anemic recovery. James Hamilton, Econbrowser.

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