At what point should we admit that we’re not going to fix everything?
This compelling editorial in the New York Times makes the case that the war in Afghanistan is a lost cause, and that simply pulling out immediately is the least bad of a set of bad options.
Civil war is inevitable in Afghanistan, and by 2016 there will again be helicopters on the embassy roof. No amount of temporary local tactical victories can possibly change this strategic calculus. We should be focused now on how to manage the coming civil war, not telling more lies about the emperor’s new clothes and his imaginary progress. Every American life lost now is sacrificed for political theater with no chance whatever of changing the eventual outcome, and that is obscene.
We’re told that never giving up is a manly virtue, but “never” is an awfully long time. In reality, sometimes we have to acknowledge and cut our losses. After all, if one’s current plan is smashing one’s hand with a hammer over and over, giving up on that plan is probably a good idea. What do you think?
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