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Barack Obama, Facilitator-in-Chief

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Posted on June 27 2010 5:10 am
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by Paul Mirengoff

Michael O’Hanlon, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, has returned from Afghanistan having found “reasons for hope” in the war there. O’Hanlon is, I believe, a somewhat left-of-center analyst. As such, he was able, along with Kenneth Pollack, to provide credibility to adminstration claims that the Iraq surge was making major headway, when he returned from Iraq three years.

This time, O’Hanlon’s report is more guarded, arguing mainly that “several recent critiques paint only part of the picture and they are often more wrong than right unless presented with greater nuance.” The best O’Hanlon can conclude is that “on balance, we have many assets and strenghts in Afghanistan — and better than even odds of leaving behind a reasonably stable place if we perservere.”

Read the whole thing.

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