Bob Herbert pretty much says it for me.
The tougher choice for the president would have been to tell the public that the U.S. is a nation faced with terrible troubles here at home and that it is time to begin winding down a war that veered wildly off track years ago. But that would have taken great political courage. It would have left Mr. Obama vulnerable to the charge of being weak, of cutting and running, of betraying the troops who have already served. The Republicans would have a field day with that scenario.
And political field days, as we all know, are what really matter in a country badly in need of some nation building of its own.
Partnered with a corrupt government, Pres. Obama is now officially stuck fighting an unwinnable war against a tribal society across a harsh land that has defeated every comer throughout history, so he can claim some temporary, limited victory.
And the Republicans are going, Yessss!!!