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Afghanistan Isn't Iraq

A decision to slow the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan should depend on what's happening there, not on what's happening in Iraq.
The differences aren't superficial.
The differences aren't superficial.

Afghanistan's political impasse has renewed calls that the U.S. revisit plans to pull its soldiers out of the country by the end of 2016. Look at Iraq, these critics say, arguing that a precipitous U.S. withdrawal starting in 2009 vaporized U.S. influence, opened the door to insurgents and plunged Iraq into chaos.

Where to begin in discrediting an analysis and its corresponding recommendation that are so badly flawed?