03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Obama's Afghanistan Coverage Spin: The White House 'Tick-Tock'

No group can possibly be as smug as presidential advisers after a major national security decision has been announced.

Anyone who was ever allowed into the inner sanctum of the White House Situation Room, even if only to attend a deputies meeting, can bask in collective pride over the president's handiwork. At moments like this, it is easy for these insiders to believe that every option was parsed, that every grumpy dissent was respectfully heard and that not since the launch of the Marshall Plan has there been a more inspired team of American wise men and women...

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