Surely, as predicted, President Obama tomorrow will commit more troops to the so called war that is no longer called the "war on terrorism". And thus will contribute to the destabilization of a much more populous country of Pakistan, that is our co called ally in the so called war on terrorism thus increasing the danger of a major escalation of terrorism in Pakistan and abroad.
There are severe problems, Taliban is no longer a serious power in Afghanistan if we just leave the country alone, they will probably help control the corruption in the country and may even moderate their stance if the Arabs will quit financing them and try to make them heel. Al Qaeda on the other hand has no center, it is all over the place, ( I have been saying this for years).
Also as we talk about controlling corruption, then we must start at home, how do we, HOW DO WE!, want to stop monetary corruption when our whole system is based on profiteering and high pay, most of our contract mangers in Afghanistan are making a quarter million or more per year, these are the ones dealing daily with Afghan leadership, surely our counter parts are tempted, it would be naive of us to believe other wise. Lastly as it is becoming the culture here now, in the third world countries, rank and authority is a way to make money, from a lowly cop to the janitor at the city hall on up you expect people to pay you for your services if not out right protection money. After all our involvements in the Middle East, doing business with the Saudi's and the Pakistanis and Egyptians, et all, we cannot pretend to be ignorant, or claim that we ourselves are not corrupting their officials with bribes and presents. It is now only an excuse to stay on there, we just want to make some money for our contractors and politicians.
Our budget deficits are high now and going higher, they were already over a trillion a year under Bush , if we had, as I said, counted the war expenses and the social security offsets. But if we were to stop these wars now, the industrial production will drop (we call making war materials, rockets, humvees, jet engines etc industrial production) and unemployment will increase. Thus both the Dems and the Republicans want to continue the war.
However, as we spend the money for war, our trade deficits increase, as people have money again to buy Chinese made goods, as well as Korean and Japanese made goods and Arab oil, and the country ends up more in debt. Some days are just not worth getting out of bed for.
LIFE IS A GAME OF CONNECT THE DOTS, IF YOU DON'T CONNECT ALL THE DOTS OR DON'T CONNECT THEM IN THE RIGHT ORDER YOU NEVER GET THE PICTURE