In the late 1960’s my brother got a teaching job in the inner city of Milwaukee. The city had a policy if the student did not show up for school the police would go to his house and forcefully take him to school. They refused to learn and they were disruptive to the rest of the students. As a result, no one was learning.

My brother made a deal with the gang members. If they would sit quietly in his class, he would respect them and freely hand our hall passes when requested. The result was the remainder of the class had a chance to learn.

There is a parallel to this story. Our stated mission in Afghanistan is to help the Afghans prepare to defend their own country. If they no longer want us to we should leave, there is no sense in wasting any more lives and wasting the country’s treasure.

Give it thirty days to settle down. If it does not, leave now. 


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