A reader writes:

It was always apparent that the President viewed Afghanistan as an important war. It is just as apparent that the President sold himself as a pragmatic intellectual. The fact that Karzai stole an election should have changed the calculus. It didn’t. That was one disappointment. The second was Obama’s framing of the War on Terror as one that can be waged through the use of traditional ground troops.

In his speech he stated “Negotiations cannot convince al Qaeda's leaders to lay down their arms.” Well AQ doesn’t use arms, at least not in the traditional sense, so either he’s trying to make people think that the Taliban and AQ are the same – and we all know they’re not – or he’s giving up the idea that terrorism is best fought with police and intelligence agencies. If that’s where his head is at now then he has seriously lost his way and a lot more American troops will die for no real reason before someone with some sense puts a stop to it all.

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