The New York Times on the latest CBS/NYT poll: "A bare majority of Americans support President Obama's plan to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, but many are skeptical that the United States can count on Afghanistan as a partner in the fight or that the escalation would reduce the chances of a domestic terrorist attack… In the wake of the president's address last week explaining his decision, the poll found a 10 percentage point increase in public approval of Mr. Obama's handling of the war in Afghanistan since last month, to 48 percent. But the shift reflects a twist on the political polarization that has marked much of Mr. Obama's first year in office: Republican and independent voters are rallying behind Mr. Obama as he presses for the troop escalation, while Democrats remain decidedly cool to his war plans."
More: "The poll showed a steady slide in support for Mr. Obama as he approaches the end of his first year in office. His job approval rating has now hit 50 percent, the lowest yet in this poll; it was 68 percent at its peak in April. The percentage of Americans who approve of his handling of the economy has dropped to 47 percent from 54 percent in October. And 42 percent approve of the way he is handling health care, down five percentage points in the last few months."
"President Barack Obama, in Norway to pick up his Nobel Peace Prize, said on Thursday that he did not doubt there were others who may be more deserving of the honor," the AP writes. "'I have no doubt that there are others who may be more deserving,' Obama said during a press conference with Norway's Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. 'My task here is to continue on the path that I believe is not only important for America but important for lasting peace and security in the world.'" On First Read yesterday, we listed some of the others who were nominated in addition to Obama.
"Progress against the insurgency in Afghanistan probably will be slower than during the buildup of U.S. forces in Iraq two years ago, and the war will be 'harder before it gets easier,'" Gen. David Petraeus told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday.