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The tragedy in Afghanis-tan, in which 16 Afghan civilians allegedly were massacred by an American soldier, is raising a hue and cry for the U.S. to get out of that unfortunate country and call off the war.

Some say that since our reason for being there in the first place was to kill Osama bin Laden, a reason which has been satisfied, we already should be gone. Navy Seals dispatched bin Laden on May 2, 1011. Bin Laden had long been in Pakistan. And the lesson we wanted to deliver has been delivered: Provide safe haven for someone who attacks the United States, and the U.S. will attack you.

Somehow, though, in the 10-plus years we’ve been in Afghanistan, we have managed to talk ourselves into thinking we should be there to help preserve the nascent democracy we have helped plant. That is a noble idea, perhaps, but one not quite based on reality.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, brought to the “end of his rope” by the massacre of civilians, can’t wait to see the screen door hit us in the rear end. And he has as much to lose as anybody if we pull out. He will have to deal with the Taliban once we are gone, as well as al Qaida, the poppy growers and all the other disciples of chaos who populate that unfortunate land.

Maybe the best reason for leaving there is that our troops are needed here, to help secure our own borders, which would aid in establishing rational immigration and drug policies.

Until our borders are secure, neither immigration laws nor drug laws will be enforceable, no matter what regulations Congress passes. Our borders right now are dangerous places for immigrants, for law enforcement and for residents on both sides.


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