Arianna was a guest on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" today, and the war in Afghanistan dominated much of the conversation in light of President Hamid Karzai's threats that he would consider joining the Taliban if he continues to come under outside pressure to reform his administration, which has struggled with corruption.
Arianna argued that this is yet more evidence that the decision to escalate the Afghan war was incorrect, since we don't have a legitimate partner. Also, the distinction needs to be made between fighting the Taliban and al-Qaida. Al-Qaida has spread throughout the globe and is no longer centrally located in Afghanistan:
But even the military has admitted it. The military has said there are about 100 al-Qaida members left in Afghanistan. The military has not given a reason for being there... [Obama] escalated during a time when there was incredible concern about Karzai, even Rahm Emanuel was on television saying he was not a reliable partner. The question is pulling out to focus on where the real threats are. Clearly, the real threats to America are not coming from Afghanistan. Nobody can defend that proposition. So it would have to be a kind of phased out, pulling out like we're doing in Iraq, I hope.
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