One of the weightiest decisions any elected leader can make is whether to let foreign troops occupy your country. For the leaders of Iraq and Afghanistan, it was agonizing because of heavy domestic opposition to any American troop presence. But consider the starkly different trajectories their countries now are following.
The specter of Iraqi chaos must have weighed on Afghan voters’ minds as they went to the polls Sunday to elect their next president. Both runoff candidates made clear to voters that, no matter how unpopular it might be, they’re committed to allowing U.S. troops to remain in the country.