Der Spiegel is more blunt than any domestic publication:
Never before has a speech by President Barack Obama felt as false as his Tuesday address announcing America’s new strategy for Afghanistan. It seemed like a campaign speech combined with Bush rhetoric — and left both dreamers and realists feeling distraught.
The inestimable Paul Rahe, professor of Hillsdale College also has a take on Obama’s speech. After quoting at length from Der Spiegel Professor Rahe says:
To this one can add that President Obama has given his adversaries — both within his party and outside it — plenty of rope with which to hang him. It is most unlikely that the US military can accomplish the end that he seeks within the timetable that he lays out. If they fail to do so by 2011, mark my words: everyone will pile on.
Please be sure to read all of Professor Rahe’s excellent analysis at Powerline.