Kristol: Obama's Betting on Victory President is clearly looking to win in Afghanistan By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff Posted Jun 27, 2010 11:31 AM CDT Promoted on Newser Jun 27, 2010 11:57 AM CDT 23 comments Comments President Obama, with Gen. David Petraeus and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, arrives in the Rose Garden, Wednesday, June 23, 2010, to announce that Petraeus would replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal. (AP) (User Submitted) – President Obama's decision to can Stanley McChrystal got a round of applause from predictable circles, but now it's William Kristol at the Weekly Standard giving the president props. In appointing David Petraeus to lead the Afghan war, Obama is committing to victory, Kristol writes, rather than the arbitrary deadline favored by the left. "Can we be confident that Obama is really going for victory? I think so," writes Kristol. "Consider his speech Wednesday, when he announced the replacement of McChrystal with Petraeus. After referring to our 'vital mission' in Afghanistan, to doing 'whatever is necessary to succeed in Afghanistan,' he reminded us 'our nation is at war. But Americans ... persist and we persevere.' Obama didn’t say we persist and we persevere—but only until July 2011."