Bob Schieffer of CBS News set the tone:
Obama in 2008 and earlier 2009 promising to make Afghanistan a priority....
“I think … we’ll look back on this and say THIS WAS THE DEFINING MOMENT OF THE OBAMA PRESIDENCY. This was the night when Barack Obama took full ownership of the war in Afghanistan. We’re going to have 100,000 troops there, and more than half of them will have been sent there by the president. … How do you on the one hand say: ‘We need to send these troops over there; it’s critical; this is in our national-security interest to do this.’ But then say: ‘But we’re only going to keep them there for 18 months; we’re going to start to withdraw them after 18 months’? I just don’t understand the logic of how that works. It seems to me that what the president did tonight was try to make a speech that had a little something for everybody … I don’t understand, Katie, how you can set a deadline on what you’re going to do. This is not a football game, where the time runs out. To win this war, you have to defeat the enemy.”
And the always brilliant Charles Krauthammer:
An "uncertain trumpet." Obama is no Churchill. He's not even up to Bush standards!
If so much is at stake how can you promise to quite by 2011?