Jeffrey Simpson, The Globe and Mail | April 30, 2012
Any continued NATO presence in Afghanistan is doomed. ++ The Afghan government is corrupt. ++ The Taliban have not gone away. ++ Nearby countries like Pakistan, Iran, and India will continue to pursue their own interests in the area. ++ The recent agreement between the US and Afghan governments would see US commitment in some form extended to 2024. ++ Such long-term commitment is worthless. ++ A vast majority of NATO citizens want nothing to do with Afghanistan; they are right: time to declare victory and get out.