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Cut and run in Afghanistan?

Columnist George Will is urging the United States to rapidly reverse the trajectory of its involvement in Afghanistan. He noted that the war "already is nearly 50 percent longer than the combined U.S. involvements in two world wars, and NATO assistance is reluctant and often risible." And as for the U.S. strategy to "clear, hold and build," Will argued: "Taliban forces can evaporate and then return, confident that U.S. forces will forever be too few to hold gains. Hence nation-building would be impossible even if we knew how." Instead, Will argued: "America should do only what can be done from offshore, using intelligence, drones, cruise missiles, airstrikes and small, potent Special Forces units, concentrating on the porous 1,500-mile border with Pakistan, a nation that actually matters."