A Wall Street Journal headline declared that "The West Is Getting Ready to Walk Away from Afghanistan" [June 16, 2010]. The WSJ described Britain's new prime minister, David Cameron, as "a relentless pragmatist determined to disentangle Britain from the Afghan conflict." According to former UK defense secretary Bob Ainsworth, "the biggest issue is that the overwhelming majority of the people in this country don't get Afghanistan. They don't believe us when we say national security is at stake. But it is not for lack of trying, we have tried to put the case." [Guardian, June 17, 2010.]
"So how does this one end?", asked the Wall Street Journal. "Probably sooner than we think, with the surge declared a convenient success by departing powers; with the supposed prowess of the homegrown Afghan security forces spun like mad; and with the West tiptoeing towards the exit and away from Afghanistan."