Barack Obama Then:
"The Afghan people must know that our commitment to their future is enduring, because the security of Afghanistan and the United States is shared."
Barack Obama - July 15, 2008
"The United States has made a lasting commitment to defeat Al Qaeda [and] to support the democratically elected, sovereign governments of both Pakistan and Afghanistan. That commitment will not waver, and that support will be sustained."
President Obama speaking at a White House press conference after meeting with Afghan President, Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President, Asif Ali Zardari - March 6, 2009
Barack Obama Now:
"President Barack Obama warned that the US commitment to Afghanistan was 'not open-ended' after meeting his war cabinet to discuss the deployment of tens of thousands more troops.... 'The president believes that we need to make clear to the Afghan government that our commitment is not open-ended,' a White House official said, briefing journalists on Obama's latest round of talks with military chiefs."
AFP - November 11, 2009
"President Obama is pushing his national security team for more detail about an exit strategy for U.S. forces fighting in Afghanistan... 'Obama wants to make clear that the U.S. commitment in Afghanistan is not open-ended,' one source added."
NPR - November 11, 2009
As one senior Pentagon official stated back in August: "I think they (the Obama administration) thought this would be more popular and easier. We are not getting a Bush-like commitment to this war."...