http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/28/op...n.html?_r=1&emWe simply do not have the Afghan partners, the NATO allies, the domestic support, the financial resources or the national interests to justify an enlarged and prolonged nation-building effort in Afghanistan.
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
The leaders of the EU (at least in voice, sentiment, and influence) are France and Germany. Two of the worst torturers, slaughterers, and troublemakers in the region have labeled themselves as our voice of conscience as they criticize everything we do. They complain about having to do anything more than the bare minimum for America in Afghanistan and dare question the validity of removing a dictator (of which they proved to contuinue to have love affairs for).
The hardest workers in Afghanistan are the English speaking nations. The same as it was during World War II with help on the east from Russians. Nothing has changed. It's the same Europe.
"I do not underestimate the ability of fanatical groups of terrorists to kill and destroy, but they do not threaten the life of the nation. Whether we would survive Hitler hung in the balance, but there is no doubt that we shall survive al-Qa'ida." -- Lord Hoffmann