“The American public's patience for this war is over. It's done. And so the sooner we leave, the better….It was a dream that you could take an area of the world that wasn't a functioning country and turn it into a functioning country on the timelines required to satisfy the American public…the American public will not sustain a long war. It's just not in their nature.”

— Retired Air Force General Ronald Fogleman, before an Air Force Association group on Wednesday. Fogleman, who left the military in 1997, is one of the few top U.S. military officers ever to seek early retirement.

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