The bottom line

Regardless of what President Obama decides to do in Afghanistan, it's a good bet much of the world won't appreciate it -- or acknowledge the good that America does in the world. And they sure won't join us in the heavy lifting.

Notwithstanding, this is not America's war. This is a struggle to civilize the hornet's nest that time forgot. Terrorists based in Afghanistan attacked us in 2001 -- but their ilk are at war with civilization all over the globe, from India and Pakistan and Iraq and Afghanistan to Indonesia, Africa and elsewhere.

And while a "coalition of the willing" occasionally stands with us, it's mostly America that is shedding its blood to fight the world's battles for it.

Afghanistan, historically a caustic cauldron of chaos, is no different.

So be it. We'll go it largely alone. Because we have to.

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