I link to this "blog post" from Chuck Spinney with some reluctance. The site, Battleland, is a combination of Time Magazine and CNN and it has the subtitle "Where military intelligence is not a contradiction in terms". That is so blatantly over the top that it should need no condemnation. The comments for the linked below blog post are also mostly over the top.
But, the issue of the post is important and thus should be given distribution.
The question of staying in Afghanistan, how long we stay, how many troops we keep there and how much money we spend on development/reconstruction should all be the subject of a lively debate within our nation. There are a lot of reasons for staying in Afghanistan and there are lots of reasons for getting out. These are not issue that should only be discussed in the recesses of the Department of State, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense and the National Security Council. While a City Council voting against a war seems a little much, a discussion on local blogs and in local newspapers seems entirely in order.
Regards — Cliff