As the latest Pentagon report tells us what we already know - that adopting Afghanistan as a permanent US protectorate is an endless imperial quagmire - the Tory leader points in a truly conservative direction:

"We've been there already for eight or nine years," the Tory leader said in a question and answer session at a college in Derby. "That's already a long time. We can't be there for another eight or nine years. It's got to be in the next parliament that these troops really start coming home – as soon as possible, but based on success, not on an artificial timetable."

And when success is unavailable, do we fake it, as in the Iraq surge, or do we at some point admit failure and leave Afghanistan to the Taliban? Yep: it's turd in the punchbowl time at the Daily Dish.

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