Here's a little fact that the buffoons who lead our western countries can't understand - Infidels have a very limited shelf life in the Middle East. We begin to go off after a few years and then the locals really don't like us any more.
The moral is that you only go there when it's absolutely necessary and, when you do, you go in with enough resources to get the job done right and then get out as quickly as possible.
We've ignored that fundamental rule in Afghanistan and in Iraq. We're still in both countries and we're still trying to figure out what to try next. Here's what we should try next - we should try to work out how to leave.
How do we leave? One way, maybe the only way, would be to find Arab forces to replace us. Locals, if at all possible, supplemented by Saudis, Jordanians, even Syrians - whatever it takes.
Why do we think that predominantly white, Christian, western, non-Arabic speaking troops are suitable for the long haul in Afghanistan or Iraq? Why do we think that neighbouring Arab states can't do our job much better?
But back to timetables. A majority of Iraq's lawmakers have endorsed a petition calling for a timetable for American troop withdrawal. The petition is now in the process of being transformed into a bill.
This week Afghanistan's parliamentarians have also called for a US and NATO ceasefire and negotiations with the Taliban. I guess that, after six years of western intervention, they've figured out that we're pretty useless in defeating the Taliban reality. The Afghans have realized that they're going to have to sort out their own problems all the way up to and including the Taliban.
Maybe we need to start looking at timetables for Afghanistan too. This White Man's Burden thing is wearing very thin.