Tuesday, March 27, 2012

US domestic support for Afghanistan mission

Polling suggests decreasing American support for the US presence in Afghanistan. This is fine, but it should not be a cue for a change of policy in Afghanistan. ISAF can succeed by continuing to develop Afghan security forces, continuing to exert pressure on the middle/upper ranks of the Taliban and by continuing to develop local governance and empowerment. If polling data set the course of America's foreign military operations, Iraq would still be plagued by sectarian warfare and used as an operating base by Al Qa'ida for attacks against the west. Politicians are elected to make good policy. They are not elected to make popular policy.

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