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Great nations often find themselves in alliance with undesirable local chieftains. Usually in such circumstances, the great nation either tries quietly to strengthen and improve the local boss or it gets rid of him and finds a better puppet. If neither method works - then the great nation eventually gets out.

The Obama administration has publicly humiliated and undercut our “local partner” to the extent that we can no longer influence or improve him. Unless our government is prepared to replace him (highly unlikely) - we ought to get out before more of our troops get killed.

Tony Blankley is the author of “American Grit: What It Will Take to Survive and Win in the 21st Century” (Regnery, 2009) and vice president of the Edelman public relations firm in Washington.