Chris Parenti suggests "The real purpose of these 30,000 soldiers is to make Obama look tough as he heads toward the next U.S. presidential election." I think he's forgetting the things Obama said about the two wars. He called Afghanistan the just war, the one we should have fought, rather than the delusionary distraction war in Iraq. Parenti suggests "It is political theater, nothing else" and I suggest that Parenti should reread Obama's speeches from 2007-8. I think many people projected onto Obama the hopes they had for what could be and pretended that Obama promised everything they hoped should be true. Maybe that's why people are disappointed with him now, that he isn't fulfilling all their wishes.