You're so intent on coming out on top of a wright or wrong argument that you've completely missed my point -- which is despite what's out there in plain sight, there are influences and pressures, internally and externally that we are not aware of or do not have an intimate understanding of. Iraq was less complicated because we simply had no business being there in the first place. So finding a clear rationale for getting out was relatively easy (once the adults took charge, that is).
Afghanistan is incredibly complex because at first we had a clear mission that was then abandoned. And then there's Pakistan. It's like a huge game of Topple. One tiny wrong move, and the whole thing comes down around your ears. One shift this way creates many other shifts another way. Shift one of those back, and something else moves elsewhere. There's almost no totally right decision. At least not today.
I asked you before if you'd want to have this responsibility? Instead of an answer, I get "What are your battle plans ? ? If none shut up
just kidding" I wouldn't begin to know what should be done. And what are your
battle plans? If none, shut up. Not kidding.
I don't think we should be escalating. I think we should cut our losses and leave the region entirely. But aside from what I get from the news, and how I feel,
I don't have a clue to the real situation and the real consequences either way.