War in Afghanistan (2001-present)

Will we ever get out of Afghanistan?

Will we ever get out of Afghanistan?

Try as he might to spin it as a sign of progress, President Obama's announcement that he will leave thousands of U.S. troops in Afghanistan when he leaves office shows that he was overly optimistic about the Afghans' ability to defend themselves against the Taliban, the remnants of Al Qaeda and other insurgents. And although Obama said Thursday that he was opposed to "endless war," Americans can be excused for wondering whether the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan that began in 2001 will ever end.

That doesn't mean the president was wrong to heed the advice of military commanders and scuttle his earlier plan, which would have shrunk that presence to about 1,000 troops...