By next winter, we'll have the same number of troops in Afghanistan as we did when Obama was inaugurated 

I just came from watching Rachel Maddow. On the Left, they're all upset. It's as if they're just discovering that George W. Obama lives in the White House.

Obama has just proclaimed that by the time he is up for re-election, we will have the same number of troops there as we had when he was inaugurated.

Some context is in order. The last time the House voted to demand an "accelerated" timeline for exiting Afghanistan -- along with a new National Intelligence Estimate on al Qaeda that would show our presence there is not serving the goal of fighting that organization -- was last month. The measure quite nearly passed. Twenty-six Republicans voted for it, and you'll notice that most of them are not slouches when it comes to principled conservatism:

Justin Amash, Mich.
Roscoe Bartlett, Md.
Charlie Bass, N.H.
John Campbell, Calif.
Jason Chaffetz, Utah
Howard Coble, N.C.
Jim Duncan, Tenn.
JoAnn Emerson, Mo.
Scott Garrett, N.J.
Tim Johnson, Ill.
Walter Jones, N.C.
Raul Labrador, Idaho
Mick Mulvaney, S.C.
Rich Nugent, Fla.
Ron Paul, Tex.
Tom Petri, Wis.
Bill Posey, Fla.
Scott Rigell, Va.
Dana Rohrabacher, Calif.
Todd Rokita, Ind.
Ed Royce, Calif.
Chris Smith, N.J.
Cliff Stearns, Fla.
Fred Upton, Mich.
Joe Walsh, Ill.
Ed Whitfield, Ky.

I would also note that Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., did not vote, and might well have been the twenty-seventh. Americans' patience with the prospect of eternal war is waning, on both ends of the ideological spectrum.

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