I was out last night and did not see President Obama deliver his speech on Afghanistan (text here). There is much commentary with varying views on the policy and how much the President is committed to victory. I give him credit for adopting a policy not favored by his base. I do question the public statement of a goal to begin withdrawal in 2011. I think stating such a goal publicly will likely complicate the situation.
Even when the cause is just, going to war is always a serious situation where lives will be lost what ever we do. Let's pray this ends for the better.