Fact Checking Obama’s Afghanistan Speech

December 2, 2009


I surprised the AP could break away from fact checking Saturday NIght Live skits and Sarah Palin’s book, Going Rogue, but they did.

FACT CHECK: Obama overlooks some tough realities

A look at some of his claims and how they compare with the facts:

OBAMA: “Because this is an international effort, I have asked that our commitment be joined by contributions from our allies. Some have already provided additional troops, and we are confident that there will be further contributions in the days and weeks ahead.”

THE FACTS: When Obama says he is confident that allied countries will provide more troops in the weeks ahead he is setting aside years of mostly empty-handed American efforts to get others, including allies in NATO, to deepen their commitment to combat in Afghanistan.

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