This paragraph about President Obama's Afghanistan policy is pretty disturbing if you take it at face value:

One adviser at the time said Mr. Obama calculated that an open-ended commitment would undermine the rest of his agenda. “Our Afghan policy was focused as much as anything on domestic politics,” the adviser said. “He would not risk losing the moderate to centrist Democrats in the middle of health insurance reform and he viewed that legislation as the make-or-break legislation for his administration.”

White House officials reject the linkage, but said Mr. Obama believed that the wars should be judged against other priorities.

The anonymous Obama adviser is saying that the President made a decision to commit troops in Afghanistan in order to further an unrelated domestic political goal. That is a damning accusation. It's good that the White House denies the accusation, and I hope it isn't true. I'd like to find out more, if any journalists are willing to investigate.

(HT: Best of the Web Today.)

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