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We never had an intention of making Afghanistan the shining city on the hill... Afghanistan is more tribal than anything else, so they will never trust or rely on a central government. We just don't want them to view us or their military, government, and police force as the enemy. General Petraeus has said that it would take another 15 years and a trillion dollars but that would only bring it up to the 16 century... Just my opinion but I think by moving Leon Panetta to the defense department and General Petraeus to the CIA; the chances of complete withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan become much greater...We shall see.
Mike..."He insisted that nation building(counterinsurgency) was not an option..."
Now that's something I can agree with the president on. Those people will NEVER have anything remotely resembling a nation -- at least a nation that resembles anything close to the Webster's definition.