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    CNN is reporting a stunner: rather than announcing the drawdown of 10,000 troops from the total of 100,000 serving in Afghanistan, which was over twice the number Gen. Petraeus wanted to withdraw, President Obama will announce that three times that number - 30,000 soldiers - will leave Afghanistan by the end of 2012. Story here.

    The U.S. engagement in Afghanistan is a stinker at the polls, with the public increasingly appearing fed up with America's longest-ever war. It seems Obama has decided to capitalize on the recent one-two punch of taking out Osama bin Laden and Ilyas Kashmiri by adopting a plan that will please both antiwar progressives, disenchanted swing voters, and libertarianish center-rightists who probably aren't going to get their preferred candidates Rep. Paul, Gary Johnson, or Jon Huntsman, Jr., as the Republican nominee.

    It seems Obama's poll numbers are pretty static, moving within an extremely constricted (and stable) range between 45 and 52 percent or so, but I expect to see them tick upward toward that higher figure on this news. Not sure how the markets will react, but I'm cautiously optimistic. I think it's a solid expression of confidence at a time when we need it - whether it's deserved or undeserved - and if Obama frames it that way in a speech, saying we're achieving our objectives and we can reconfigure our assets, it should come off looking like a win and not a retreat. You tend to get a little political capital and authority on shit like the war on terror after your men shoot Osama bin Laden in the face and dump his body in the ocean.

    Independent, Auckland Central resident, MD-05 voter, OR-01 native, Swingnut for life, and keeper of the DKE glossary.

    by SaoMagnifico on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 06:06:09 AM PDT

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