Afghanistan’s war planners trying to picture their country without U.S. troops next year might want to cast an eye toward Iraq. Since the U.S. pullout two years ago, a defeated al Qaeda in Iraq has reassembled, brought in fresh fighters, freed prisoners and unleashed waves of deadly car bombings.
Last week, al Qaeda claimed control of Fallujah, the town in western Anbar province where scores of Americans lost their lives in house-to-house fighting in 2004. The same situation could befall Afghanistan, as the Taliban, the Haqqani Network and al Qaeda wait patiently in Pakistan.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign an agreement that would keep U.S. counterterrorism forces in his country after the end of the year. Washington says it needs a go-ahead soon because the rotation of combat units must be planned well in advance.
I don’t care. I stopped caring when it became obvious to me that neither the Bush nor Obama administrations had any intentions of waging a serious war on Muslim terror, and that both would far rather wage a deadly war on American liberty instead.
That given, I can see no reason to waste further American blood or tears on those medieval pits of barbarian savagery. And no, I’m not moved by weeping references to the sacrifices of American military men and women in those places. Those sacrifices were for nought. Let’s not piss any more down those particular toilets.