No doubt millions of Americans will regard it as great that 10 years after the start of our involvement in
Now, unless I misread those articles over the last six years about the so-called preparations of Afghans to take on the
Why this ridiculous commitment of long-term aid when Afghanistan still isn't ready for anything resembling democracy? Call it a guilt payment. The corrupt Karzai government has had the U.S. over a barrel for years, and our collateral killings of innocents, desecrations, and outright murders of citizens — no matter what cultural advances we have brought about — have caused our fall from grace there and all over the Middle East.
Thus, President Obama has done what he thought he must do (very late, to be sure) to ease us out of this metaphorical minefield of his predecessor's making. We have realized that we cannot remake Afghanistan. The Taliban, like Ho Chi Minh and the nationalists in Vietnam, are exceedingly patient, and the likely scenario during our lifetime (and maybe our children's) is that Afghan society will revert to a fundamentalist Taliban-dominated state.