The political world is reeling from the admission of Representative Bill Young, Republican, Chairman of the House Military Appropriation Committee, that it is time to get out of Afghanistan. Representative Young can be described as a hawk’s hawk and who until an interview with a Tampa newspaper had been an ardent and vocal supporter of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Likewise Senator John McCain has indicated that it is time to reassess our policy towards Afghanistan, while not going as far as Representative Young, he nevertheless has indicated some willingness to backing away from his previous win it at all cost stance.
Recent polling data indicates that almost 2/3 of Americans are questioning our continued presences in Afghanistan?
What does this mean? I would suggest it reflects war weariness by the American public, and realistic question about whether Afghanistan can ever be a “unified” country or will it always be a loose confederation of tribes. I also think it reflects the profound effect which a letter from American soldier to Representative Young in which the soldier predicted his death because of stupidity by the chain of command.
So gentle readers (with apologies to Miss Manners) should the United States remain in Afghanistan and under what conditions; or should the United States withdraw immediately from Afghanistan? This is your chance to sound off like you have a pair!