This Sunday, General David Petraeus will go on a media offensive in which he is expected to make the case for why we should not rush the withdrawal from Afghanistan.
However, this comes at a time when public support for the war is rapidly dwindling. Many Americans have fixed their expectations on what the president pledged in December 2009 when he ordered more troops to Afghanistan: “These additional American and international troops will allow us to accelerate handing over responsibility to Afghan forces and allow us to begin the transfer of our forces out of Afghanistan in July of 2011.”
But Obama’s promise to begin the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan in July 2011 was notably sparse on the details of how many troops will withdraw, and how quickly.
Speaking that same day, back in December, Obama added, "We will execute this transition responsibly, taking into account transitions on the ground. We'll continue to advice and assist Afghan security forces to ensure that they can succeed over the long haul. But it will be clear to the Afghan government and more importantly to the Afghan people, that they will ultimately be responsible for their own country.”
So how do we know when it’s time to leave? Will there ever be a right time? And how do we reconcile our need to “win” this war with our desire to end it?
Joining us is Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations and author of "War of Necessity, War of Choice."