Paul McGeough, Sydney Sun Herald:
You will not hear the words ”mission accomplished” but that will be the sense of the spin. Never mind that Afghanistan will be more dangerously poised for self-destruction than it was in the aftermath of the retreat by Soviet occupation forces in 1989.
The West walked away from Afghanistan then. And notwithstanding all the undertakings to the contrary, the risk is that it will do it again ”¦ or be so half-baked in its attempt to give an appearance of not walking away, that it might as well do just that.