The longer the U.S. delays its inevitable departure, the longer chaos will reign.
The Pakistani talk shows, though exuberant, are for the most part crude, unruly, and uneducated, potentially as detrimental to the dissemination of quality ideas as are the savvy but highly filtered talk shows in the U.S. corporatist media.
There must be an Afghan political solution. The U.S. must assist the Afghans in stabilization the country instead of turning it into a martial state.
"Where after all do human rights begin?" asked Eleanor Roosevelt many years ago. "In small places, close to home, so small you cannot see them on a map."
Afghans do not have to choose between the lesser of two evils -- Karzai or the Taliban -- because there is another path to peace and national reconciliation.
The Afghan 'peace jirga' is under way - but reconciliation will be difficult when support for the insurgency is still so
Both insurgent groups -- the Taliban and Hizb-e-Islami -- as well as Karzai's challenger in the last presidential election, Abdullah Abdullah, have explicitly said that they won't participate.