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Our View: Now’s the time to say goodbye to the Middle East

Like the Kennedy assassination and Sept. 11 itself, a lot of Americans will remember where they were, who they were with and what they were doing one Sunday night in May when the news came down.

Osama bin Laden has been killed.

We think that if President Obama has good instincts, he’ll use this moment to begin a swift withdrawal from Afghanistan, cut funding to Pakistan, wrap up the remnants in Iraq, and, in so many words, say to Karzai, Zardari and al-Maliki: “We win. Good luck. Good bye.”

Four thousand-plus American combat deaths and tens of thousands of wounded warriors later, we think we’ve shown the world we go to the brink for honor.

We think we've hardened our security to where terrorists can't project power here, in any serious way. We'll take some hits from local cells, but nothing on a big scale.

As for what happens Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq (where those men mentioned above are in charge), we've given them a trillion-dollar head start on a future not yoked to the worst of Islamic hysteria -- if enough of them want it.

If not, we're not sure what else we can do.

Time to leave. Time to start setting our own house in order.

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