It is a little late to be attempting to change his image as "America's Man." We find ourselves wondering why he would be trying to do so in the first place. His legacy is clear to all. No pandering to domestic political interests is going to change that.
Militarism in the U.S. seems to have a gravitational force pulling a wide array of resources and sectors into its orbit. Our involvement with Iraq serves as a case study for how deeply rooted militarism is in American culture and political life.
Adhering to the July 2011 drawdown of US troops and strengthening the Afghan government will save American lives and dollars, and will place firmly in Karzai's lap the responsibility for developing Afghanistan.