It was wrong when we invaded Afghanistan. It was wrong when we invaded Iraq. It was wrong when Obama approved increases in troop levels in Afghanistan and Iraq. And it is wrong for him to now to approve a delay in the withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan. None of these actions has served or will serve the national security interests of the United States; all were and are doomed to failure. As was said of the murder of the duc d'Enghien, these are worse than crimes, they are blunders. As deliberate acts of an imperial power, they are self-defeating mistakes. This last decision by Obama is an act of stupidity.
I leave entirely to one side the question of the morality of our national policy in the Middle East.