“I think that right now the debate surrounding Afghanistan is presented as either we get up and leave immediately because there’s no chance at a positive outcome, or we stay basically indefinitely and do quote unquote whatever it takes for as long as it takes.”
- US President Barack Obama, lamenting “a lot of obsession” surrounding the war’s exit strategy.
He made these comments on a Sunday, out of the country, and around the same time Senator Diane Feinstein, a vocal opponent of Afghanistan, added six months onto Obama’s deadline if (when) requested by Petraeus. And he wonders why we're "obsessed."
"It was purely a political decision, not one based on facts on the ground, not one based on military strategy.”
- Republican Senator John McCain, referring Obama’s July 2011 “deadline”
"None of the players believe in the current strategy. Karzai is going down the drain and taking the international community with him.”
- Opposition leader Abdullah Abdullah
“We've got a chance in hell. That's about all we've got."
- anonymous US adviser in Afghanistan, according to Slate's Fred Kaplan