If you were traveling on Thanksgiving Eve, you might have missed Arianna on Charlie Rose. She was there to discuss President Obama's forthcoming decision on US troop levels in Afghanistan. Joining Arianna were Yale English Professor David Bromwich, Council On Foreign Relations President Emeritus and Board Senior Fellow Leslie Gelb, Politico Editor-In-Chief John Harris, and New Yorker Senior Editor Hendrik Hertzberg.
It has been reported that the president will send 34,000 more US troops for duty in Afghanistan, just 6,000 shy of the full 40,000 requsted by U.S. Gen. Stanley McChrystal.
Arianna argued that Obama's reported decision to escalate the war in Afghanistan calls into question his whole leadership. He stood before the country during the Democratic National Convention in 2008 and told voters that the greatest risk for the U.S. in Afghanistan would be to do the same old thing, play the same old politics, with the same old players and then expect different results. And yet here he is, Arianna explained, poised to do just that.
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