French Surrendering in Afghanistan?
French defense minister Bernard Kouchner said yesterday that “We should accept the result of the forthcoming elections whatever it is,” adding, “If nationalist-minded Taliban come to power through the ballot-box and respect the constitution, that is the Afghans’ business.”
To be sure, he added an important caveat: “What we reject is support for international jihad.” Still, as I ask in my New Atlanticist essay “Afghanistan: Time to Give Up?,” “If the Taliban’s return to power is an acceptable outcome, what the hell have our forces been fighting and dying for these past seven years?”
Even the American general in charge of ISAF, David McKiernan, acknowledges that we’re “not winning” over there right now. But are we really prepared to simply give up and go home?