Bing West, yesterday:
A year from now, coalition forces should be able to gradually withdraw, replaced by robust support and adviser units embedded in Afghan security forces. We shouldn’t make this a NATO war, allowing the Afghans to stand back. We’re outsiders, no matter how many schools we build or cups of tea we drink.
Nothing West says here is especially controversial, really, except for that "a year from now" part. But why shouldn't we begin withdrawing in 2010? Al-Qaeda is essentially destroyed, seven years of occupation doesn't seem to have improved our ability to fight the Taliban, and bringing in the DEA isn't likely to help things.
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