A lot of American blood has been spilled in Iraq and Afghanistan.Yet I feel that if we look 5 or 10 years down the line,we will not find either country as a friendly ally.
Today the Pres of Iraq said US troops must be out by the end of 2011. The role of Iran which borders Iraq is not totally clear,however their influence will increase if and when we leave.
In addition the Kurds will always want to break away and create an independent oil-rich country-setting up a possible civil war.This is in addition to the Shiite-Sunni divide.
Afghanistan reminds me of Vietnam.The Administration does not have its heart set on victory (if that is possible) and with conflicting withdrawal dates,is simply allowing the Taliban and the Pakistani Al Quada time to wait us out.In addition the American people do not support the war,because Obama and his team have not established what is really at stake.