The President will be making some vague announcement as to the withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan, target date unknown, but probably in 2012. Why wait? A substantial number of Afghans have demonstrated what can only be described as an unwillingness to enter into the 17th Century, let alone the 21st. Its government is saturated with ungrateful kleptocrats who would sell their mother for a bowl of dirty rice. Almost a decade of efforts to rebuild, reform and revitalize has resulted in so many lives lost that we’ve become numb to the news. Typical headline – “15 killed, Taliban claims 8 were civilians, Allied Forces say less than that.” And we move on and on and on with our lives while we tread water in the desert.
I’m no fan of the Taliban and if they had a convention and accidently all blew themselves to bits I’d cheer with the rest of the civlized world. They are a rotten bunch, as are their Al Q cronies, as evidenced by the recent story of abducting a 9 year old girl to use as a human bomb. But exactly how long are we to stay there? Another year, ten, fifty? How about five more minutes. The imperative for going in was, in my opinion, just and reasonable. The imperative for leaving is also just and reasonable.