While we're all fixating on the prospect of a US attack on Syria, it might be worth paying attention to this Sept. 3 article from Stars and Stripes, the US military's very own newspaper.
WTF? So does the Obama administration intend to extend that misbegotten war? Possibly.
I'm not as pessimistic as this article suggests I should be. The administration has not yet managed to negotiate a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with Afghan President Hamid Karzai's government. As is usually the case in SOFA talks, the US wants the right to blunder about the "host" country without our soldiers facing legal liability under the "host" country's legal system.
The US didn't get that in Iraq, where we had conquered the place, and we're not likely to get it from Karzai in a country we never subdued and where we are hated from many directions. And I don't believe Obama will keep troops in Afghanistan without the assent of the Afghan government. So the US military will eventually have to make those real withdrawal plans. But we won't admit we're slicing off with our tails between our legs for as long as possible.
Photo credit: USMC.