By the time President Obama addresses the nation Tuesday night his announcement about sending additional troops to Afghanistan will be anti-climactic.
The White House is acknowledging that the commander-in-chief has already ordered the deployment of some 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. That's 10,000 less than General Stanley McChrystal requested. But 30,000 more than anti-war activists had hoped.
The prime time speech, which will be carried live on the Paltalk News Network, will be more a justification to the American public - and will include a promise that - as he's sending more troops into combat - he's also ordering a withdrawal. He'll likely outline the timetable he has in mind.