“Nobody wants to abandon the women of Afghanistan, but most Americans don’t want to keep fighting there for years and years,” the official said. “The grim reality is that, despite all of the talk about promoting women’s rights, things are going to have to give.” – In Afghanistan, U.S. shifts strategy on women’s rights as it eyes wider priorities

Sect. Clinton’s signature diplomatic and foreign policy tenet, human rights are women’s rights, is the latest casualty in an Afghanistan policy that’s been a failure since Pres. Bush abandoned the country for Saddam Hussein.

This quote from a “senior official” in the Obama administration says it all:

“Gender issues are going to have to take a back seat to other priorities,” said the senior official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal policy deliberations. “There’s no way we can be successful if we maintain every special interest and pet project. All those pet rocks in our rucksack were taking us down.”

Ah yes, the reason the U.S. has blown the mission in Afghanistan is because of all “those pet rocks in our rucksack,” pointing a finger at women’s issues.

It reminds me of the back and forth I got into with Steve Clemons when he quoted Dana Priest on Rachel Maddow about having to sneak women out of Afghanistan when it got bad.

“”¦ (Dana Priest) is increasingly of the view that we’re going to probably have to come to terms with the Taliban and just find a way to tunnel out women, because it will be an awful reality for them, otherwise this will be a never ending war “¦” “” Steve Clemons

The U.S. mission in Afghanistan has brought women out of the shadows, but the mentality of the culture and country remains in the past. Afghan men still believe in the old saying “a woman’s place is in the home or in the ground.” The U.S. cannot change this reality.

No one has the moral energy, the commitment of mission, and the Obama administration has simply lost the effort to build a nation in Afghanistan, which was a foolhardy mission from the start. Fighting against culture, religious beliefs and a country run by backwards men, we cannot drag them into the 19th century.

The U.S. mission to empower Afghanistan women has won some victories. We can only hope Newsweek’s article about the Taliban continues to unwind in favor of middling modernity.

It was clear the moment Gen. McChrystal imploded on the pages of Rolling Stone, which is the moment Pres. Obama lost me, that it was over. The revelations about Gen. Caldwell’s reported psyops plan drilling down the point. We’ve simply done all we can do and the rest may indeed depend on tunneling women out who are threatened by the men of a country who don’t understand that without the women Afghanistan will never be stable.

It makes you wonder what might have happened and been possible if Pres. George W. Bush hadn’t lied about WMDs, and politicians in both parties, which included Senators Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and many others, hadn’t gotten distracted by Iraq.