Imagine after Pearl Harbor, FDR announcing, “We’re getting into this to bring human rights to Japanese women” or “Our goal in this war is give Germany a democracy.” He would have been laughed out of office. There was only one legitimate reason to go into Afghanistan after 9/11 and it’s the same reason that should have impelled us to stay — not human rights, democracy or nation-building — but saving our nation. We went to Afghanistan to root out terrorism, to destroy Al Qaeda’s infrastructure, to disrupt its network — and, quite frankly, to kill as many terrorists as possible. The goal was to kill them there so they wouldn’t kill us here, as they did on 9/11. Everything else was extraneous. That the mission failed may be seen in just how quickly the Taliban made a comeback, except now, with the most modern weapons in the region — thanks to Quartermaster Joe. The cut-and-run crowd called it “the forever war.” Rubbish.