Whatever it is we're trying to do in Afghanistan, it isn't working. And in continuing to fight this conflict we are not only guaranteeing the continued destruction of that faraway land but our own country as well.
At around midnight on July 1, I was startled awake as the sound heavy gunfire ripped through the silence of Kabul's normally quiet Vazir Akbar Khan neighborhood. My housemates and I rushed out to see what had happened.
Obama did the right thing this week in firing McChrystal. Unfortunately, the other decisions the President faces regarding Afghanistan are not as easy. It is difficult to get out of Afghanistan today, but it will be more difficult to get out tomorrow.
Afghanistan needs a legitimate leader who can unify the nation -- one that is chosen by the Afghan people according to Afghan custom, as opposed to being handpicked by U.S. diplomats or as the result of fraudulent elections.