Giffords: Stabilizing Afghanistan a long-overdue priority

Arizona Daily Star:

The decision to go to war in Iraq will probably be remembered as one of the worst foreign-policy blunders in our history. Defining success and judging the cause and effect of the Bush administrations policies, including the surge, cannot be reduced to a simplistic snapshot. Remnants of civil strife and destruction linger and will for decades to come. Recent months of increased tranquility dont erase six years of chaos and violence, sparked by a mismanaged war that fostered Islamic extremism.

Fortunately, the situation in Iraq is increasingly secure as we prepare to deploy out of that theater and lay the groundwork for success in another. Stabilizing Afghanistan is our long-overdue priority.

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