Do you think the killing of Osama bin Laden over the weekend will accelerate our exit from Afghanistan? Why or why not? How else do you think it might impact our Afghan policy?
I personally think it will.
- President Obama has been itching for a reason to get out of Afghanistan. He's been like the LBJ of his era, escalating a war he doesn't like. This provides one rationale for giving him an out.
- It is becoming increasingly hard for us to extend our stay in Afghanistan, given Karzai's recent whiny rhetoric.
- Our relationship with Pakistan is key. Right now, the Administration is pressing the Pakistani military/government on how OBL could have been living in a mansion just up the street from their military academy. I don't see the fallout from this confrontation ending very well.