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March 28, 2010

Showing Afghan Command Team Who’s Boss

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Talk about killing four or five birds with one stone.

Obama simultaneously: knocks the Tea Party out of the news cycle with his Afghan drop-in (and, take that, NCAA!); illustrates his stronger grip following the big health care win; lets McChrystal and Eikenberry know who's boss (a lot more convincingly than that last attempt); puts McChystal directly on the spot, given that the surge was really the General's idea; and, with this over-the-top, supreme chairman-like set up, leaves both men almost cowering over all the Afghan civilians we've been bumping off in waging our high profile hearts-and-minds campaign.

(photo: Pete Souza/White House. caption: President Barack Obama meets with U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, left, and Gen. Stanley McChrystal at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, March 28, 2010.)

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