Re: Taliban attacks in Afghanistan target NATO, embassies, parliament
OK. Suppose the coalition forces withdraw from Afghanistan. The Taliban would move in, topple the Afghan government and re-establish their previous regime complete with all the human rights violations, and probably launch another 9/11 style attack on US soil or at least US interests abroad. We'd get pulled back in all over again, and would have lost the progress (and ground) gained at great expense.
No, I'm thinking that as history has taught us, that it's easy to get into Afghanistan, but very difficult, and expensive to get out. I'm thinking that it's going to lengthen the involvement of the coalition forces for much longer than what anyone believes.
While I'm not hung up on spreading western style democracy in Afghanistan, I'd be pretty insistent on a government at least stable enough to ward off the Taliban trying to get back in country.
If a man were behind four months on his mortgage and was talking to you about his plans to build an addition on his home you would think him daft and delusional. But in Washington, ignoring a current crisis to discuss grand dreams is called “boldness” and “vision.”