[F]or a president who is prosecuting two wars and trying to protect the country against the threat of a terrorist attack, Mr. Obama spent only nine minutes in an address that lasted more than an hour on foreign policy. He renewed one of the most popular promises of his campaign for election, to bring the troops home for Iraq, saying “Make no mistake — this war is ending, and all of our troops are coming home.”
But he devoted only one paragraph to a far less popular decision, escalating the troop levels in Afghanistan. “There will be difficult days ahead,” Mr. Obama said. “But I am confident we will succeed.”
--from "Obama to Party: Don’t ‘Run for the Hills’"
(January 27, 2010) by SHERYL GAY STOLBERG.