Defense Secretary Leon Panetta caused a PR headache for the White House when he told reporters the U.S. would end its combat mission in Afghanistan in 2013, a year earlier than had been thought. The administration has since been trying - with little success - to walk back the comments.
Do you think Panetta is right to want to end the combat mission next year, and can that be safely done? Does setting a timetable embolden the Taliban? What goals should the U.S. try to accomplish before withdrawing - and, crucially, what can be realistically done?