A round-up of news and commentaries from CNN as well as other media and Web sites.
The New York Times reports that efforts are underway to expand operations in Pakistan as well.
“Mr. Obama has authorized an expansion of the war in Pakistan as well — if only he can get a weak, divided, suspicious Pakistani government to agree to the terms,” write the Times’ David E. Sanger and Eric Schmitt.
Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharaff takes to the pages of the Wall Street Journal to lay out his perspective on the Afghan war. “The answer is a political surge, in conjunction with the additional troops requested by Gen. Stanley McChrystal. Quitting is not an option,” he writes.
Jon Meacham of Newsweek magazine writes that Tuesday’s speech contained the “opening notes of an Obama doctrine.”
“I think historians in search of the president’s vision not only of America’s role in the world but of America itself—at home and abroad—will long look to the final few paragraphs of Tuesday night’s address,” he writes.
Some perspectives on Obama’s speech:
- Ed Rollins (CNN.com): "Obama's plan shows leadership"
- Thomas Friedman (New York Times): “This I believe”
- Gabor Steingart (Der Spiegel): “Searching in vain for the Obama magic”
- David Corn (Mother Jones): “The Obama surge”
- Rich Lowry (New York Post): “A sinking feeling”
- Andrew Sullivan (The Atlantic): “The morning after”
- David Ignatius (Washington Post, registration required): "Surge, then leave"
- Fred Kaplan (Slate): “Obama’s war begins”
- Editorial board of Globe and Mail: "A welcome move by Obama"
- Editorial board of the Toronto Star: "Obama's risky Afghan surge"