Tried that after the Soviet-sponsored government fell, and it had the opposite effect: Afghans blamed us for abandoning them. And we tried that after the 1991 Saddam war, and the Shia blamed us for raising their hopes. The past 6+ years have at least restored some American credibility, is that not so?
Over at Michael Totten's blog, he revealed, from interviews, an important twist to thinking Lebanese thinking that may apply to Afghanistan as well: that it's ok to direct your anger against people who aren't your neighbors. Did American troops create lasting ill-will by their vast encampments in England before D-day? Just by being Americans - liberators - and interacting and helping the locals, encouraging them to join the anti-jihadist campaign, and leaving when they are comfortable with us departing - not before - isn't that the right way to go?
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