|afghanistan (Photo credit: The U.S. Army)|
Twenty-two percent of fatal casualties were inflicted by the people we are supposedly training, our allies.
General Allen, NATO commander in Afghanistan, told Congress in testimony the killings "were motivated, we believe in part, by the mishandling of religious materials." There's a lot more than that going on. The Quran burning is symbolic of larger issues: cultural insensitivity, imperialism, warlordism, ethnic conflict, arrogance, fundamentalism (on all sides).
We are not going to make Afghanistan safe, or a reliable partner, and an essential test of a strategy is that the goals are achieveable. The minimal victory conditions (Taliban deposed, Bin Laden on the run) were met long ago. The maximum goals are beyond reach. It's long past time to "declare victory" and go home.