Bob Ainsworth's said yesterday that a 'period of hiatus' in Washington had undercut public support for the war in this country. This is undoubtedly true. For months now, the Brown government has been in a position where it couldn't say the coalition was winning in Afghanistan but also couldn't say how the strategy was going to change.
This decision was the first major test of Obama as commander in chief and he has come across as a president who is deeply ambiguous about a war his military is fighting, is reluctant to commit himself and who treats his allies with contempt. Not a good start.