Is the Petraeus Decision the Most Widely Praised Thing President Obama Has Ever Done?


It sort of seems that way, doesn’t it? For perhaps the first and last time of his presidency, a decision by President Obama is being supported, and often hailed, almost uniformly by the political opposition, both officeholders and pundits alike. In his selection of General David Petraeus to replace General Stanley McChrystal in Afghanistan, Obama took what was an awkward, seemingly no-win situation and figured out a solution that worked both politically and militarily, leaving his usual critics with almost no negative angles to exploit. Cherish this brief moment of bi-partisan agreement while it lasts.

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