“We are in this region of the world because of what happened on 9/11,” Mr. Gibbs said. “Ensuring that there is not a safe haven in Afghanistan by which attacks against this country and countries around the world can be planned. That’s why we’re there, and that’s why we’re going to continue to make progress on this relationship.”
It takes a certain kind of idiot to really believe that planning has anything whatsoever to do with geography. But planning sure can be helped by popular support, and that our enemies are winning more so with every civilian killed in our name.
But then "up is down, and down is up". Now it should be clear.