Every now and then, in fact frequently, the Karzai administration takes some step or makes some pronouncement that causes me to wonder if the dire consequences of a “pull out” would, in fact, be worse than what we have now and the direction that government is going. Today the Washington Post reports on Karzai’s efforts to limit international (read US) involvement in anti-corruption investigations.
Note that education of women, in and of itself, is opposed by the Taliban. And we’ve been prating about how we have helped secure educational opportunities for them. If we leave messily, as we almost certainly will, we will not have lived up to our moral obligation to them.
Then remember the people who did not make it aboard the helicopters picking up evacuees from the roof of the US embassy in Saigon (and remember, there were people all over South Vietnam, not just in Saigon, who had placed themselves and their families in jeopardy if we left without securing their safety). Some of those people suffered greatly and others did not. In either case we did not live up to our moral obligation to them, those who escaped retribution did so without our help.
I really would like to see us out of there. I really would not like to see women and those who have served us suffer for our leaving. Any suggestions?