He said, they said? No way.
Depend on our media to dwell on a leaving date, deadline or whatever it is called. It’s a meaningless codeword that is as false as any effort to pin down an uncertain future.
“Despite the president’s commitment on Tuesday that a surge of US and international troops in Afghanistan would “allow us to begin the transfer of our forces out of Afghanistan in July of 2011,” that date is not a ‘drop dead deadline’–at least according to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.”
What the President has done is simple and direct. He has stated his goals and the reasons for them. He has said this will be closely monitored. He has said if it does not work another strategy will need to be developed. The goals are not going away until they are fulfilled.
If media want to be relevant, they will discuss the goals and whether they make any sense. It is clear that the President does not intend to throw troops Vietnam-style ad infinitum until we leave tail between legs and call it victory. This is not he said she said — it is saying the same thing .