1. Evincing a characteristic cast for compromise, our courage-challenged Commander in Chief is reportedly on the cusp of calling for a middle course approach to the tactical crisis that is Afghanistan.
2. Unable to say "no" to his generals, compositionally incapable of executing an all-out war, Obama will typically embrace the resort of least resistance when he finally DECIDES TO DECIDE what to do with HIS hopeless hotspot in the mountains on the moon.
3. He'll give his homegrown general on the ground about HALF the troops the experts estimate are mandatory for triumph in the theater that the then candidate called the "right war."
4. McChrystal Lite, reportedly, is Obama's outlet.
5. More warfare, less results.
6. Lacking the courage to decamp, yet not committed ultimately to success, Obama, after months of public hair pulling and procrastination, adopts a "Yes, we can, No, we can't, Maybe, we'll see" strategy.
7. Either way, casualites are almost certain to increase with the combatant count.
8. Meanwhile, any chances of our succeeding are scant in the region which gutted Gorbachev.
9. The Russians warred with a WILL unknown in Washington, 200,000 ruthless Soviet soldiers slaughtered civilians for ten years.
10. Obama does NOT want to be there.
11. How can we win with such weak kneed, half hearted headsmanship?
12. Politics impel the president, not interests of United States security.
13. American lives must be sacrificed for salubrious survey results in USA Today.
14. And yet the war is pessimisticly unpopular across our entire landscape, except amongst neocons.
15. Obama's liberal base is outraged.
16. And anger will only augment with each meaningless massacre.
17. October was our meanest month, 55 unfearing fighters fell.
18. Twenty two more this week.
19. The enemy was alarmingly active in Kabul, assaulting a UN guesthouse.
20. Karzai is as corrupt as he ever was.
21. And then there's his brother, the poppy pusher.
22. Obama is at open odds with McChrystal, the Pentagon, the cabinet.
23. The great general weighs resignation.
24. This is OBAMA'S WAR, it is HIS problem.
25. It is KILLING him, politically.
26. And it will only get worse.
President Obama is considering sending large numbers of additional U.S. forces to Afghanistan next year but fewer than his war commander, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, prefers, U.S. officials said.
Such a narrowed military mission would escalate American forces to accomplish the commander's broadest goals, protecting Afghan cities and key infrastructure. But the option's scaled-down troop numbers likely would cut back on McChrystal's ambitious objectives, amounting to what one official described as "McChrystal Light."
Under the pared-down option, McChrystal would be given fewer forces than the 40,000 additional troops he has asked for atop the current U.S. force of 68,000, officials told The Associated Press.
Two officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because Obama has not announced his decision, said the troop numbers under the narrowed scenario probably would be lower than McChrystal's preference, at least at the outset. The officials did not divulge exact numbers.
But that pared-down approach would reflect a shift in thinking about what parts of the war mission are most important and the intense political domestic debate over Afghan policy.
A majority of Americans either oppose the war or question whether it is worth continuing to wage, according to public opinion polls dating to when Obama shook up the war's management and began a lengthy reconsideration of U.S. objectives earlier this year.
Any expansion of the war will displease some congressional Democrats, while Republicans are likely to accuse Obama of failing to give McChrystal all of what he requested.
A stripped-down approach would signal caution in widening a war that is going worse this year than last despite intense U.S. attention and an additional 21,000 U.S. forces on Obama's watch.