I'm not sold, one way or the other, on what America should do in the region. Nor am I an armchair quarterback trying to call plays without my butt on that bloody field to take the hits (while guys like Michael Yon risk all to inform us).
For what it is worth, here is, in brief, how I feel. That part of America that seems to care has paid with blood for whatever ground and progress weƒ??ve made there, and leaving would return a sanctuary to al Qaedaƒ??s and Talibanƒ??s butchers. Leaving them alone the last time cost America dearly.
The leaves me asking myself two questions. If not in Afghanistan now, then where and when should we fight and defeat those enemies? Does it make sense to just say that weƒ??ve punished them enough for now, withdraw, and plan to go back to kill more later, after they come and kill more of us?
The answer I keep coming up with is we should be all in to win there.
But we should get the hell out, now, if all Obama wants to do is waste precious American lives to gain a better negotiating position. Negotiating accurately signals to the enemy that they winning.