Conservative Washington Post columnist George Will shocked Washington media observers today with a column arguing for the United States to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. Will's prescription comes as the top U.S. commander in the country calls for an overhaul in military strategy and the Obama Administration begins a more than threefold increase of U.S. forces.
In this week's Sparring Opinions we're comparing George Will's column with an op-ed by liberal blogger and author Matthew Yglesias.
Will, an early proponent of the war in Afghanistan, wrote in the Washington Post that troop deaths, the inability to eradicate the Taliban and other issues necessitated a reversal of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan:
Yglesias, writing for the Daily Beast, argued the Obama Administration should "turn the policy trajectory around" in Afghanistan before the debate over whether to withdraw becomes too polarized. For now, he said, Obama is safe, but he risks "push[ing] liberals into the antiwar camp":
Which of these opinions do you find most convincing? Do they both miss the mark? Weigh in on these two controversial pieces by adding your review:
• Time for the U.S. to get out of Afghanistan - Washington Post
• Bogging down in Kabul - Daily Beast
-- Derek Hawkins