Senator Barack Obama declared yesterday that there is a “growing consensus” in the United States and Iraq for a timeline to withdraw American combat forces, and that the United States now urgently needs to turn its attention to Afghanistan.
“The situation in Afghanistan is perilous and urgent,” he said, calling the country the “central front in the war against terrorism.”
“We must act now to reverse a deteriorating situation,” he said.
Afghanistan ‘urgent,’ Obama says
Boston Globe, 23 July 2008
When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains,
And the women come out to cut up what remains,
Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains
An’ go to your Gawd like a soldier.
The Young British Soldier
Rudyard Kipling, 1896