Obama recently said he will send 30,000 troops to Afghanistan, and after 18 long months the troops will begin to come home. Begin to come home? We should have begun withdrawing years ago! Let's face it, Afghanistan is a dead end. It has been eight years already. Anything we could feasibly accomplish at this point will be too little, too late. In the long run, any tenuous progress we do make will likely be reversed.
Perhaps if Bush had NOT gone into Iraq and instead sent more troops to Afghanistan, we would have had a chance at winning (albeit a slim one). The side show became the main attraction, and Bush dropped the ball big time. Everything since then has been mere damage control. Or maybe the whole ordeal could have been avoided, and thousands of lives not lost, if we had simply prevented 9/11 (it could have been done). Was it really worth it to invade Afghanistan in the first place? The drug lords sure think so. And the terrorists benefited from the creation of a failed state, as well as a destabilized Pakistan. And the body count of civilians has been staggering.
And what did the American people get out of the deal? Debt! Our national debt is now pushing $12 TRILLION dollars, and the value of the dollar is falling. Gold is $1200 per ounce now, and rising. And so is oil. How we will extricate ourselves (while the current leadership is in power), I really don't know.
If Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, the British Empire, and the Soviet Union couldn't do it, what makes Obama think he can?