Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is praising President Barack Obama for political courage on Afghanistan.
The Georgia Republican says Obama is doing what he thinks is right for the country by increasing the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan. But Gingrich predicts that Obama will have trouble pulling out troops in 2011, and that there will still be U.S. troops both in Afghanistan and Iraq in 2012.
Gingrich says Obama made a difficult decision that took considerable courage because it will split his supporters.
Gingrich spoke to reporters Wednesday night in Cincinnati, where he was leading a town hall meeting on job creation on the eve of the president's job forum in Washington. Hundreds turned out at a downtown hotel to hear Gingrich promote cutting taxes and reducing government spending.