“When one looks across the Arab world today at the stunning spontaneous democracy uprisings, it is impossible to not ask: What are we doing spending $110 billion this year supporting corrupt and unpopular regimes in Afghanistan and Pakistan that are almost identical to the governments we’re applauding the Arab people for overthrowing?” wrote columnist Thomas Friedman. He acknowledged that the United States “can’t just walk out of Afghanistan and Pakistan,” but Friedman argued that “our involvement in these two countries — 150,000 troops to confront al-Qaida — is totally out of proportion today with our interests and out of all sync with our values.”
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