Is it time to wind down military action in Afghanistan?

Posted July 02, 2010, at 3:39 p.m.

Has public support for the military action in Afghanistan waned? What realistically can be accomplished there in the next year, three years or five years? Is the high cost of keeping U.S. troops there – estimated at $7 billion a month – persuading Americans to abandon the effort? Has the mission been accomplished? Is there a more effective way to

fight or neutralize radical Islamic groups like al-Qaeda? Has your opinion about the war changed? What are the differences in the likelihood of creating a stable, pro-West government in Iraq vs. Afghanistan?