When Thomas Friedman loses faith in a war, it’s time to give up.
The subject is Afghanistan, and Friedman doesn’t quite say that we should withdraw. He says, “This is a much bigger undertaking than we originally signed up for.” He says it’s become a war between light black and dark black and “light black is simply not good enough to ask Americans to pay for with blood or treasure.” He says, “I feel a vast and rising ambivalence about this in the American public today, and adopting a baby you are ambivalent about is a prescription for disaster.”
You’d think anyone who could write all that would take the obvious next step and recommend that we get out. But no. The farthest Friedman is willing to go is to suggest that the war in Afghanistan ought to be “debated anew.” Sheesh.