In response to conservative columnist George Will's call to remove all US troops from Afghanistan, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution Michael O'Hanlon said he thinks Will "is giving up on the strategy far too soon," on Washington Unplugged Tuesday.
"I would argue that if you were going to give up on this war that you should have done so a year ago before we tried this strategy because once you suppoered this initial strategy," he said noting that it will take several years to secure America's position in Afghanistan. "We need another year to fifteen months to know if the strategy is working."
Jon Powers from the Truman National Security Project said President Obama is taking the right steps in Afghanistan and he is not sure "he could get out [of Afghanistan] even if he wanted to."
CBS News' Nancy Cordes pointed out that in a new CBS News poll four out of ten Americans think troop numers should be decreased in Afghanistan. Isn't that a PR problem for the president, she asked?
"We are going to have to hear a clearer explanation" of what our goals are in the region, O'Hanlon said. "Ambassador Holbrooke and General McChrystal need to come back to the United States and spend two or three days in congressional hearings and other sorts of public events.
Watch the full interview above as well as an update on CBS News' Cami McCormick who was seriously injured in Afghanistan and a montage of troops stationed there. "Washington Unplugged" appears live on CBSNews.com each weekday at 12:30 p.m. ET. Click here to check out previous episodes.