The NY Times has more grim news from Afghanistan:
U.S. Abandoning Hopes for Taliban Peace Deal
Well, maybe things aren't so bad - the Times website headline is:
U.S. Scaling Back Plans for Peace Deal in Afghanistan
Whichever. The Taliban have outlasted us. Here is a bit of spin for nostalgia's sake:
Critics of the Obama administration say the United States also weakened its own hand by agreeing to the 2014 deadline for its own involvement in combat operations, voluntarily ceding the prize the Taliban has been seeking for over a decade. The Obama administration defends the deadline as crucial to persuading the Afghan government and military to assume full responsibility for the country, and politically necessary for Americans weary of what has already become the country’s longest war.
"Politically necessary" means that Obama couldn't or wouldn't take the lead in promoting his vision for Afghanistan.