Critics From Across the Spectrum Rip Plan

Publication: The Wall Street Journal

Author: Peter Wallsten

12/02/2009 - A barrage of instant criticism blasting President Barack Obama's new Afghanistan strategy from across the political spectrum signaled the challenges ahead in selling the plan to a skeptical public and Congress.

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The political risks for Mr. Obama were evident in a survey, to be released Thursday by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press and the Council on Foreign Relations, showing sentiment against intervention abroad at its highest level since such sentiment began being tested in 1964.

"We have these long-term measures showing the public looking more inward than they have for a very, very long period of time," said Andrew Kohut, president of the Pew Center, citing a powerful combination of two protracted wars and deep economic woes. He wouldn't divulge the specific numbers until the poll's release.

Read the full report Critics From Across the Spectrum Rip Plan on the Wall Street Journal's Web site.

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