Don't peg troop withdrawals to the political calendar
from The Atlantic via Defense One (opinion)
Richard Fontaine, president of the Center for a New American Security, writes, "It's not hard to see why the president — and most Democratic presidential candidates — so fervently seek an end to the war. America has been at it for 18 years, and seen nearly 2,500 Americans killed (including two last week and 14 this year), billions spent, and a fight far longer and harder than anyone expected in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. ... Yet leaving irrespective of conditions, and simply scratching out the best possible deal on the way out, would risk returning to a situation like that which brought America to Afghanistan in the first place."
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