by Lisa Schiffren

Biden did well on Afghanistan. Even though much there needs to be fixed, there is not much sympathy in the country for keeping troops there to fix what we can. Ryan is, for once, sounding less substantive, as he tries to disagree without spelling out a policy, because afterall, if you spell it out, then the Taliban gets the advantage of knowing how long to wait.

Raddatz circles back to the failure of starting a surge then yanking it, regardless of what it has accomplished or what it needs to accomplish.

There is much to criticize in the way Obama has dealt with Afghanistan and Iraq. But there is no stomach at home for going back in to achieve goals. So Ryan can’t really win this, even if he is correct.

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