WEST POINT SPEECH OPEN THREAD…. President Obama’s speech on the future of U.S. policy in Afghanistan is getting ready to start, so I thought I’d open the floor for some discussion.

What’d you think of the speech? Persuasive or not? Likely to change public attitudes in one direction or the other? Does it represent enough of a shift from the recent past (when there was no real U.S. strategy)? Do you feel more or less confident about the direction of the conflict?

The floor is yours.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.