Secretary of State Hillary Clinton once again repeated the ever familiar that Afghanistan is our “major non-NATO ally” and the United States can not abandon an ally. The rhetoric is familiar, the rhetoric reflects determination to pursue a dream of a united peaceful Afghanistan. Unfortunately, our dreams are based on hope, rather than reality. Since the beginning of this year at least a dozen or so US and NATO soldiers have been killed or wounded by Afghan soldiers.
There is a strong likelihood the Afghan military can maintain some sort of presence around major cities in their country once American and NATO troops depart. But, the corrupt,inefficient government of Hamid Karzai lacks the ability to create a viable government. It is simply a matter of time before Taliban forces control large sectors of the nation.
Then what is the question for an American president?