December 2nd, 2009
10:34 AM ET

Obama's decision an act of leadership

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Ed Rollins
CNN Senior Political Contributor

After months of review, President Obama has made a decision that will not please the base of his party. The majority of Democrats in Congress are opposed to expanding or prolonging the war in Afghanistan. Many Americans share their concern.

This decision to send 30,000 additional troops into combat, which I support, will be second-guessed for the rest of his presidency. And if it doesn't go well, it may cost him his presidency.

For a man who began his campaign as the "anti-war" candidate, this had to be a gut-wrenching decision. Critics will argue President Obama should have learned the lessons of Vietnam and remembered how that war destroyed Lyndon Johnson's presidency .

President Obama was only in elementary school during that period, but many of the leaders in Congress grew up as part of the George McGovern wing of the Democratic Party. The anti-war movement was their introduction to political activism. They are furious that their president is continuing the Bush war effort. Many will call it folly, and some will call it reckless. I call it leadership.

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  1. Tyrone

    I watch the 700 Club and could not believe how disrespectful Pat is. He talk about President Obama like he cause the problem Republican party made! Pat's stupid PARTY! That cause the needless death of American in Iraq! Pat need to stick to calling for the murder of people ! Who in the GOD you serve? President Obama is trying to fix the mess that republican President Bush mess up!Shamefully Pat speaks from a position of GOD like! His should be praying for our leader instead of letting his racist stupid view shine! Bachmann is a idiot and should not be anywhere near congress. Rush Limbaugh is another Idoit then it the idiot Glenn Beck !

    December 3, 2009 at 9:25 am |