On a pragmatic level, it may be the only possible exit from a war that many experts believe cannot be won.
A divided dispensation with various power centers in Kabul makes it extremely difficult to reach a political settlement.
The United States will most likely survive even its current tribal alignment and remain one nation. But ... 'There will be no calm after the storm.'
The partial withdrawal of forces could pave the way for a sustainable peace in the war-ravaged country. All stakeholders should ensure that the opportunity is not wasted.
One Trumpian about-face later, the price for peace has now risen for the West.
The most difficult part of war, in addition to not losing the fight, is the political win—and this is proving to be the most difficult thing for NATO.
Mr Trump has shown no patience for the protracted negotiations and consensus-building that a sensible withdrawal would require.
[T]here are compelling reasons to see that America is in decline and is withdrawing from its position as world leader.
Nearly two decades and tens of thousands of deaths later, the failure is patent.