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Obama's Afghan Speech, One Day Later

The president is getting hammered by both conservatives and liberals over his plan to deal with Afghanistan. The right doesn't like the timetable for U.S. troop withdrawal, and, shockingly, some on the left reject it as well:(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)CHRIS MATTHEWS, MSNBC: If I were the Taliban right now, I would put a little post-it up on that month in 2011 and say, this is when we do our surge.BOB SCHIEFFER, CBS NEWS: I don't understand, Katie, how you can set a deadline on what you're going to do. And you know, this is not a football game, where there's a clock, where the time runs out. To win this war, you have to defeat the enemy.(END VIDEO CLIP)But defeating the enemy will not be done with 30,000 more troops. As Stratfor reported Wednesday, that is impossible.What the additional troops will do is give NATO more time to train the Afghan army. That is the key to Mr. Obama's strategy.As far as a timetable for withdrawal, I don't think it's a big deal. As we've seen, President Obama didn't t...

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