Monday, July 20, 2009
In an interview published today, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates declared that the American public is “pretty tired” of the seemingly endless war in Afghanistan, and said he believed that forces had to turn the situation around in a year.I don't need any more time to know it is not winnable (to go a step further - no war is "winnable"). So let's end it now, bring the troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan, stop the drone attacks, pull out the black ops from Iran... Oh yeah, DO NOT replace our troops with civilian contractors. Mercenaries are not acceptable either.
If, or most likely when, that doesn’t happen, Gates says that the US could lose public support for the war, and the public might conclude that the conflict has become “unwinnable,” adding “after the Iraq experience, nobody is prepared to have a long slog where it is not apparent we are making headway.”