“The Clock Is Ticking” (TIMES, 9/6/11)


  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  No, the game is over.  The fat lady has sung but U.S. leaders have blocked their ears.  An Afghan government cannot be built up by Washington anymore than it could be built up by Moscow or London.

     It is a grim picture but it has to be faced.  Maybe some kind of effort from the United Nations could help the Afghans to help themselves, but it cannot be managed by the United States.   That means we should accelerate  the withdrawal of our troops from the quagmire in which they are wallowing.  The cost in casualties and money is way too high.  It can no longer be sustained.

     The American people should demand from those politicians who still support the war in Afghanistan a precise statement of how it will be resolved.

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