The head of NATO is coming to the White House today to talk Afghanistan. "Anders Fogh Rasmussen, chief of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, stopped short of calling for more combat troops to be sent to Afghanistan, as the Obama administration currently is debating. Instead, he said a far stronger focus needs to be put on preparing Afghan military and civilian forces to take the lead in securing and building their nation. But Rasmussen also voiced doubts that the U.S. and NATO will be successful in preventing the Taliban and other extremists from again making Afghanistan a haven for terrorists."
Former Pakistan President "Pervez Musharraf said Monday that the U.S. would make a "disastrous" mistake if it withdrew from Afghanistan and warned that a delay in sending more troops would be seen as a sign of weakness," the Washington Times writes.
More: "Asked by reporters and editors at The Washington Times whether the U.S. and its allies might be seen as weak because of the prolonged debate over whether to send more forces to Afghanistan, Mr. Musharraf said, 'Yes, absolutely… By this vacillation and lack of commitment to a victory and talking too much about casualties [it] shows weakness in the resolve.'"
The Wall Street Journal takes a look at which economic sanctions against Iran are in play and whether it's a viable strategy.
Turning to health care, the AP fact-checks Obama's anecdotes he tells about health-care hardships. "Obama tells stories of real-life hardships repeatedly, in his speech to a joint session of Congress, in interviews and at his citizen meetings across the country in support of his campaign to rework medical insurance. Beaton's case is just one cited by Obama that mixes fact with fiction. In reflexively blaming insurance companies, Obama is playing into fears that have become a frightening reality for many Americans. Health insurance under the current system is not always the rock-solid guarantee you think you're paying for. Especially, it turns out, when you don't fill everything out just right."
Meanwhile, the Washington Post delves into the millions and millions in earmarks in the current defense bill making its way through the Senate. Obama threaten a veto? Doesn't look like it.