Matt Yglesias makes the essential point regarding our Afghanistan policy, illustrating it with this chart:
Whatever this may or may not be creating, it’s not a sustainable and legitimate government.
There simply is no exit plan.
Yet this isn’t tarred with the same politics as the bailout of Wall Street or Greece because the populist right responds first and foremost to invocations of war and patriotism — and only secondarily to the invocation of moochers. And so the pressure to create a sustainable structure and stop the incessant bailout isn’t there. Instead, the populist right is pressuring Obama to stay until….we win…What we might win is never quite explained.