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A United States Marine LAV vehicle of the 4th Light Armored Recon on patrol in the volatile Helmand Province of southern Afghanistan, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009. (AP)
A United States Marine LAV vehicle of the 4th Light Armored Recon on patrol in the volatile Helmand Province of southern Afghanistan, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009. (AP)

Tiger Woods owned the tabloid headlines this week: the Escalade, the crash, the nine iron through the window, the alleged mistresses.
But that is dust in the wind. The marker of history was laid down at West Point, before row on row of gray clad officers-to-be, maybe casualties-to-be, in Afghanistan — listening to their commander in chief order 30,000 more troops to the Afghan front.
On the economic front — just 11,000 jobs lost last month. Unemployment, down. That’s new.
This hour, On Point: Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
You can join the conversation. Tell us what you think — here on this page, on Twitter, and on Facebook.Guests:

Joining us from Philadelphia is Trudy Rubin, foreign affairs columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer. She's just back from three weeks in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

From Washington we're joined by Jonathan Martin, senior political writer for Politico.

And from Hanover, N.H., we're joined by Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst and senior editor at The Atlantic.

This program aired on December 4, 2009.

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