US Is Admitting Defeat in Afghanistan
And that might not be a bad thing: Max Fisher
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 28, 2014 1:44 PM CDT
This 2008 file photo shows a German Army Transall military aircraft taking off from an airfield on the outskirts of Kunduz, northern Afghanistan.   (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus,File)

(Newser) – President Obama revealed a new Afghanistan exit timeline yesterday, and with it confirmed "what everybody already knew: the war against the Taliban is not one that the US believes it can win, so we're going to stop trying," writes Max Fisher at Vox. That might not be such a bad thing for Americans—who are "understandably sick and tired of a war that has cost them so much and yielded so little." But most Afghans that Fisher has talked to were hoping America would stay as a bulwark against the Taliban.

For Amy Davidson at the New Yorker, the withdrawal can't come soon enough. "This is how wars end in the twenty-first century," Obama said yesterday, but to Davidson it sounded more like "how wars—or at least America's wars—continue in the twenty-first century," with residual forces like the 10,000 Obama is leaving lingering on, past weightless milestones toward nebulous goals. Those complaining that the 2016 total withdrawal deadline is arbitrary—see this Washington Post op-ed for an example—need to recognize the quiet triumph in definitively ending something. "Would it help if there were fireworks?"

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Jun 2, 2014 12:41 AM CDT
USSR toke the yank bait and went in to help the Afghan commies. Many will credit war in Afghanistan as final nail in the collapse of the Soviet Union. Who lured yanks into Afghanistan? Them 'evil' Republicans? Come to think of it, when was last time yanks won a war since civil war or annexing land from Mexico?
Chuck Roast
May 31, 2014 6:50 PM CDT
One more added to the list, Vietnam, Iraq, Iraq, Afghanistan. American lives given to line the pockets of the companies that supply the US military machine.
May 29, 2014 6:51 PM CDT
Afghans are known as excellent fighters. Their fighting ability along with their secret weapon, the Afghanistan terrain, should make them wholly capable of taking over without US assistance. I have often wondered if this conflict has been more like a quest of Afghans and the Taliban alike to see whether the US would tire, pick up and withdraw. Although their presence was of another agenda, Russia's "pit bull" military had to pull out of Afghanistan also. Let's wait and see what happens after of January 1, 2015.