(CNN) - Now we know what the 20 hours of Situation Room sessions were about. This was a forceful, methodical case for sending 30,000 more troops – with a clear exit strategy by July 2011.
A few important things:
· He made it very clear the safety of the American people is at stake, reminding us of 9/11 … and telling us that we have apprehended extremists on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border who were preparing to commit "new acts of terror" against the U.S.
· He also made it clear we are no patsies.
· And he noted that there is no blank check for Hamid Karzai, and the Pakistanis need to stop harboring terrorists.
What remains unanswered: if these nations don't cooperate and reform, what do we do?