After eight more years?
I have no freaking idea. All I can show my readers is what success in Iraq looks like after 6½ years.
Today, twin car bombs targeted two government buildings in downtown Baghdad, wrecking pillars of the state's authority and cutting like a scythe through snarled traffic during the morning rush hour. The government said at least 132 people were killed and 520 wounded in one of the worst attacks in Baghdad.
Last Wednesday, Ex-Vice President Dick Cheney told the think tank, Center for Security Policy (in part),
Bush's bold decision to change strategy in Iraq and surge U.S. forces there set the stage for success in that country. Iraq has the potential to be a strong, democratic ally in the war on terrorism, and an example of economic and democratic reform in the heart of the Middle East. The Obama Administration has an obligation to protect this young democracy and build on the strategic success we have achieved in Iraq.Now the loyal opposition - if that is what you call the Republican Party - wants President Obama to extend their long war in Afghanistan with another
We should all be concerned as well with the direction of policy on Afghanistan. For quite a while, the cause of our military in that country went pretty much unquestioned, even on the left. The effort was routinely praised by way of contrast to Iraq, which many wrote off as a failure until the surge proved them wrong. Now suddenly – and despite our success in Iraq – we’re hearing a drumbeat of defeatism over Afghanistan. These criticisms carry the same air of hopelessness, they offer the same short-sighted arguments for walking away, and they should be summarily rejected for the same reasons of national security.
I don't think so. Not a good call. The time for implementing an exit strategy was nine months ago.