Another Surge?

Afghan Debate Spins out of Control

The debate over what President Barack Obama should do in Afghanistan has spun out of control, The Washington Post reported Sunday. As a candidate, Obama opposed the war, and now as president he is pinned between his stated opposition and his military aides who are asking for a troop increase to turn the war around. Perhaps most notably, for political watchers, is how the White House has turned into a leak machine, with word of each twist and turn in the debate over troop deployment dripping out to the press. The polls highlight the president's dilemma: According to the Post, 45 percent of Americans approve of Obama's handling of the war and nearly the same number say the war is not worth fighting. But those who disapprove of Obama's handling of the war are likely to be Republicans while those who want out are Democrats. With lives at stake so too is the early perception of the Obama presidency.