Our policy in Afghanistan needs to change.
We need to drop support for the corrupt Karzai government.
More here from the Council on Foreign Relations: Time for Sweeping Afghan Policy Review
The United States has embarked on a policy of state-building in a country with little tradition of a strong state. Making matters worse is that the Afghan government is riddled with corruption and the Taliban has the benefit of a sanctuary in Pakistan, which remains as much of a problem as it is a partner.
Such a policy offers little likelihood of enduring results that would come close to justifying the enormous costs--all at a time the United States faces a looming fiscal crisis and mounting strategic challenges in Iran and North Korea.