8:29 PM ... Still stuck on the July 2011 target for beginning withdrawal. That gives him a year with all the additional troops on the ground. Of course that date is pegged to "conditions on the ground." Where have I heard that before?
8:31 PM ... As the Afghanis stand up, we will stand down?
8:34 PM ... I know many progressives are disenchanted with this decision, but I'm struck again by how Obama is crafting a new progressive narrative for foreign policy and national security. Not just reality-based, though it is that. But an affirmative, positive rationale. Not a reaction to the conservative foreign policy orthodoxy, though it certainly acknowledges it.