Obama said from the beginning of his campaign that he would expand the war in Afghanistan. Anyone who thought he would do otherwise is either hiding under a rock or a Republican. Some of us continue to work on changing his mind. The US could spend another trillion fighting this next new war, and maybe win the illusion of stability for a while. Would that be a good investment?
Bush's war in Iraq should have never been fought. There is no disagreement among honest people about that. It was a spectacular waste of political and economic capital. I believe the same is true in Afghanistan.
Is "war" really the solution to the problem the US is trying to solve? If our country is going to do violence (and we appear hell-bent on that), what are our standards and values? Do it surgically, ruthlessly, quickly? Publicly, visibly? With massive collateral damage? Subsidize the arms industry? Should we really fight the long war when one assassin's bullet might do the job?