I have a mixed reaction to Obama's Afghanistan speech. One thing I am very glad he said was this:
"...these men belonged to al Qaeda, a group of extremists who have distorted and defiled Islam, one of the world's great religions, to justify the slaughter of innocents."
So long have we waited to hear someone in power tell us that suicide bombers are no more representative of Islam than Timothy McVeigh is of Christianity. In the aftermath of the Fort Hood murders, it would have been very easy to avoid this subject. I tremble to think what John McCain would have told the cadets--how many times he would have used the word 'crusade,' for instance--poisoning the chance of any operation's success before it even began.