"We will disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al-Qaida, while preventing Afghanistan from again serving as a base for terrorists. And because of our drawdown in Iraq, we are now able to apply the resources necessary to go on offense."Not sure what's going on here. Nothing really new in President Obama's Oval Office address tonight. This is as open-ended a commitment as Obama has made to the Forever War actually going on forever. (And just now we're going on offense?)
I can see making an Oval Office speech in an election year about bringing troops home from a long, unpopular war. But why would the President go on national television to reaffirm an open-ended commitment to an even longer war that has lost public support and for which which there are no clearly defined goals or exit strategy? Seems a strange way to try to win an election.