The lesson of the past several decades is that once Americans establish ourselves to assure security, we stay as long as it takes and then stay some more. World War II has been over for 67 years, but we still have 37,000 troops in Japan and 53,000 in...
WIth respects, it is the job (or at least should be) of the DoD to spend taxpayer dollars wisely and in that the DoD fails miserably. The only thing common to all DoD procurements is that they are over budget and delivered late. For example the Marine Corps is replacing some software and originally estimated the life costs at 126 million. They have already spent 632 million and the life cycle costs have ballooned to over 1.1 billion. What's worse is that the new software is far more complicated and doesn't even work as well as the software it replaces. You can spell the word 'waste" with the letters DoD.
The argument for leaving 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after 2014 is more or less reasonable on its face. The Kabul government is fragile; our gains might be reversed; the Afghan military is not ready to stand on its own. Here's the unreasonable, unavoidable part: If we don't leave then, we probably never will.
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