Thursday, November 27, 2008

Afghanistan: Withdrawal or Success?

Afghan President Hamid Karzai "sharply critiqued the seven-year Afghan war Wednesday, complaining that U.S. and NATO troops haven’t made life better." He criticised "the international community’s handling of the fight with the Taliban and the rebuilding of Afghanistan", exposing "increasing frustration with a conflict that has gotten bloodier each year."

Karzai "asked how — given the number of countries involved and the amount of money spent in Afghanistan — 'a little force like the Taliban can continue to exist, continue to flourish.'”

Significantly, Karzai "was not asking for a withdrawal date, but rather a 'date for your success.'”

That's the question. We can easily end any war tomorrow by withdrawing and accepting defeat. But, what is our plan for success?

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