Sunday, June 17, 2007


At some point it will be necessary to seriously revisit the question of the war in Afghanistan. Whatever justification existed for it, ultimately we must ask whether or not what we've accomplished has been worth the ongoing cost.

Post 9-11 the Andrew Sullivans of the world helped create a climate where even asking about the efficacy of the conflict was problematic, and of course those of us who suggested that going to Iraq might be a wee bit of a distraction from Afghanistan were also attacked.

The US military is operating in two major areas of conflict right now, with no clear goals and not even the hint of an exit strategy. I don't have enough knowledge about the situation in Afghanistan to have any sort of educated opinion, but there's a definite lack of discussion about that situation by all of the very serious foreign policy types who are busy looking for other wars to fight.