Newt Gingrich praises Obama on AfghanistanFormer House speaker Gingrich says Obama shows political courage on Afghanistan
Associated Press -
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is praising President Barack Obama for political courage on Afghanistan.
The Georgia Republican says Obama is doing what he thinks is right for the country by increasing the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan. But Gingrich predicts that Obama will have trouble pulling out troops in 2011, and that there will still be U.S. troops both in Afghanistan and Iraq in 2012.
Gingrich says Obama made a difficult decision that took considerable courage because it will split his supporters.
Gingrich spoke to reporters Wednesday night in Cincinnati, where he was leading a town hall meeting on job creation on the eve of the president's job forum in Washington. Hundreds turned out at a downtown hotel to hear Gingrich promote cutting taxes and reducing government spending.
Rove: Obama can win in AfghanistanWall Street Journal -
President Barack Obama's speech on Tuesday night deserves to be cheered. Over the objections of his vice president and despite opposition from his political base, the president is sending an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan to fight terrorists.
Tuesday's speech should improve Mr. Obama's standing at home. It wasn't just former Vice President Dick Cheney who disapproved of what he called the president's dithering on Afghanistan. So did the American people: Mr. Obama's job approval on Afghanistan slid to 35% immediately before his speech this week, from 56% in July.
Fortunately, the antiwar left has little power to stop the president from making good on his commitments. Notwithstanding Mr. Obama's vote against funding the war in Afghanistan in May 2007, the White House can win a battle over war funding by standing with a coalition of victory-centered Republicans and Democrats who don't want their president embarrassed.
Is that what this war is about? Making the American president look good? I'm sure the Afghan people are ecstatic to know that.