The headline in today's Post, previewing Obama's speech tonight:
ObamaÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢”Å¡Â¬ÃƒÂ¢”Å¾Â¢s challenge: Leaving, but not too quickly
Funny how it's not the other way around– leaving too slowly would seem to be a larger political problem, given the state of public opinion.
The Post reports:
President Obama will face a stiff political challenge Wednesday in presenting his plan for a gradual end to the U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan. His prime-time address must remind a skeptical electorate and a concerned Congress that the countryÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢”Å¡Â¬ÃƒÂ¢”Å¾Â¢s longest war remains worth fighting ÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢”Å¡Â¬”Â and funding ÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢”Å¡Â¬”Â for several more years.
Why is it that Obama must "remind" the public that the war is worth fighting–and not convince? You can't really remind people of something they disagree with.