It seems to be a given that President Obama will send about 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. So to me the three big questions are:
Tip from a friend: If he uses the phrase "exit strategy," or dwells on the subject, then you'll know you're probably looking at a one-term president. In other words, file under "Jimmy Carter," not "Abe Lincoln."
Interesting note from a reader: "The guy I would like to hear from on this is Petraeus. I would love to hear him look Congress and the American people in the eye and say, ‘I think this can work.' I haven't heard much from him lately." Where have you gone, Dave Petraeus? A nation turns it worried eyes to you.
I discussed this on NPR on Saturday, but you don't need to listen because you just read what I had to say.
Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.