So I finally heard Obama's plans for troops in Afghanistan. A further 30,000 and apparently the murmurings of an exit strategy saying that withdrawal of troops would begin in 18 months time - so around August 2011. That will be just in time for the beginning of the second term election cycle, just a few months before the Iowa Caucus.
I bet a fiver part of Obama's second term campaign will contain an "I brought the troops home!" narrative.
Obama says he doesn't take the decision lightly, and he'd be right, he has an election to win! I believe the phrase "teeing it up" would be applicable.
Note: Apologies for typos in original title. Need coffee