As I mentioned before, I still don't know where I stand on Afghanistan. Therefore, I can't blame the President for wanting to take his time and look at all his options before sending up to 40,000 young men and women into a war zone, further stretching our already overworked military. Fareed Zakaria has a very measured and well-thought out defense of the President's taking his time in today's WaPo.
He also has politics to take into account. Politics do not stop at water's edge, whatever the tradition. Obama has to look to his left to figure out how the Democratic base will react to his decision. (HT: Abu Muqawama)
I do not envy President Obama this decision.