" To accomplish this, we have to support the people, allow them to progress without oppression and protect them from those who would prevent this, until such a time as they have accomplished enough to want to protect themselves from those who would have them subdued and oppressed. "
Ok, a fair point to make.. but at what cost as a nation are we going to allow ourselves this goal? By this I mean how much more in lives, materiele, and money can we as a nation actually dole out before our resolve collapses? Our soldiers can do the job.. that is not an issue, but the civillain populace can, and will only take so much of our loved-lost before they demand an an end to the hand holding(of the Karzai gov't) that NATO is currently doing in Afghanistan. The Karzai government is an important first step for this nation...but it isnt doing enough. I personally think that Karzai is expecting the NATO coalition to do it all(eliminate the taliban, and rebuild the nations infrstructure) and then hand him,or who ever it will be to succeed him the keys to the nation at little or no cost of his government. As a former soldier of our country and now a private citizen, I have the luxury of seeing both sides of the coin. And trust me.. the water cooler banter I hear every day is the constant " When will it all end,and how? Are we ever to see the soldiers come home?". I know what it is to be proud of the work our troops are doing and the horrible cost it has to accomplish those tasks, but will it all be worth it in the long run? Will the Afghans be able to stand on their own in the world stage and say to the rest of us "ok we can do it now." I truly do wonder. Ubique