Everything is different now that the great military genius Obama is the CIC. Where are all the pictures of coffins coming into Dover AFB that were so critical for all to see when GWB was the CIC? Remember Obama said the Afhan war was the necessary war? Suddenly when he starts to take heat from the left wing nuts, he's not so sure. If Afghanistan falls back to the Taliban, Pakistan will be next along with all of their nukes. I think general Obama was right the first time. This is a necessary war. Every American hates to hear of casualties of our troops. Only the Westboro baptist church and Michael Moore types take any glee in them. But war is a dangerous business and people get killed. Many in this country have gone soft in the head. In WWII we lost thousands in one day many many times and people didn't lose their will to defeat the enemy. Fortunatley with the state of war today that is highly unlikkley. It is likely however that we could lose thousands or tens of thousands of civilians in a day if we don't succeed in this war on islamic extremeists.
Agree with most of the content, if not the tone of your post.
Afghanistan has been spiraling out of control since we invaded Iraq. It's really not an issue of "falling back", the Taliban were never defeated. Winning in Afghanistan is and has always been, important.
But since 2002 the country that scares the crap out of me is Pakistan. While we waste time with Iraq and Iran, Al Quaeda is one well placed car bomb away from having functional nukes in Pakistan now not 10 years from now.