Few of the interested parties — and especially not the Pentagon — really want to cut and run out of Afghanistan after 13 years of war in which almost 3,500 coalition troops, mostly American, have been killed[.]By "interested parties" they mean military officials in the NATO alliance, and not the American people. I guess our interests are not important when it comes to wars fought in our name.
I still don't get why military commanders don't want to leave too. I thought the military hated quagmires. Why would they want to continue to be in a situation with no clear way to claim "victory"?