President Obama's party may not be wild about his Afghanistan strategy but he has won high praise from Karl Rove. Obama "deserves to be cheered" for sending more troops to Afghanistan over the objections of his vice-president, Rove writes in the Wall Street Journal, predicting that the president will see his poll numbers rise now that the "dithering" is finished.
The president will now have to overcome the Democrats' antiwar faction, Rove writes, but they will have little power to stop him. Any battle over war funding can be won if the president forms a coalition with "victory-centered" Republicans, Rove argues. Victory in Afghanistan can be achieved if the president keeps his nerve, Rove writes. It's only too bad that Obama didn't have the grace in his speech to admit that he was wrong to oppose the Iraq surge or to praise George Bush for ordering it, Rove notes.
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