Thom and community,
The harshest indictment of Bush on the show is that he waged the Iraq War to build political power. Thom has played Cindy Sheehan's quote of Bush from 1999 that he would invade Iraq for political capital dozens of times on the show.
But Obama's reasons for escalating in Afghanistan is the same reason---political in nature. Obama figured that he could not de-escalate two wars at the same time or risk being called weak on national security. I believe the Afghanistan war policy is political in nature and not for strategic reasons.
Thom's right that the liberal circular firing squad is a bad idea. But the foundation of Obama's war strategy is Bushian and we should call the Obama admin out for it.