Obama outlined his tougher security measures in the wake of the Christmas Day bombing attempt. But terrorist-related incidents in recent months raise questions about their adequacy.
In President Obama's Afghanistan speech, he announced Tuesday night that he will send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. But he's already decided to start bringing them back by mid-2011.
Obama delivers his Afghanistan war speech Tuesday. The danger for the president is that next fall, disillusioned voters on the left sit out the midterm elections, when the Democrats are already expected to lose seats in Congress.
The debate over sending more US troops frames a larger clash over counterinsurgency strategy as the new template for war.
The alleged incursions into Syria, and previously into Pakistan, could be risky.
An analysis shows that the bulk of them come from countries allied with the US.