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Must Read Op-Eds for June 23, 2011

06/23/11 10:05AM

Here are today's must read opinion and editorial columns.THE WAY OUT?  EDITORIALNEW YORK TIMESMr. Obama acknowledged Americans’ deep anxiety about this war. But one speech isn’t going to calm their fears. At his best, the president can be hugely persuasive. But we are constantly dismayed by his unwillingness to engage debates early and press them hard. The country needs to hear more from him, and a lot more frequently, about this war and his plans for getting out.UNPLUGGING THE AFGHAN SURGE  EDITORIALWALL STREET JOURNALMr. read more

President Barack Obama delivers a televised address from the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 22, 2011 on his plan to drawdown U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Top Talker: Obama outlines Afghanistan withdrawal plan

06/23/11 09:29AM

After nearly ten years of military involvement and war, President Obama is outlining his plan to draw down American troops in Afghanistan. In a nationally televised White House address last night, The President announced he will bring home the 33,000 "surge" troops he sent to Afghanistan early last year. Under the plan, 10,000 troops will withdraw by the end of the year.  The other 23,000 troops will leave by September of next year. Calling the "surge" one of the most difficult decisions he has made, the President insisted that there is progress in Afghanistan. read more

How 'The Onion' got its name

How 'The Onion' got its name

06/22/11 08:00PM

The Onion's Joe Randazzo joins Morning Joe to discuss the paper's beginnings in Wisconsin, satire's place in political dialogue, commenting on the zeitgeist,... watch