Steve Chapman on Myths of Iraq and Afghanistan


Where the candidates concur on Afghanistan is declining to admit that staying has served only to increase the butcher's bill in a war America can't win, writes Steve Chapman. Had the U.S. left years ago, the likely outcome would be no different—but hundreds of Americans would still be alive. The presidential candidates also join together in refusing to confront America's other failure, in Iraq. When the last American troops left, Obama called the venture "an extraordinary achievement." Romney insists that "abrupt withdrawal of our entire troop presence" has put victory "at risk."