At the same time, we can't allow Afghanistan to return to it's former status as a safe operating haven for Al-Queida (however the hell you spell it) to launch further attacks upon the United States homeland.
It seems to me that Obama administration has figured this one out. Link
The United States hopes to end its combat mission in Afghanistan by the middle of next year, more than a year earlier than scheduled, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said Wednesday...
...Current NATO strategy, agreed to at a summit in Lisbon in November 2010, calls for coalition forces to gradually shift to a training, advisory and assistance role with the Afghan military on the way to withdrawing all combat troops by the end of 2014.
I am suggesting that we continue harassment and interdiction of Al-Queda (however the hell you spell it) through the use of Special Ops, Special Forces, Navy S.E.A.L.S., and CIA operatives in a manner that does not claim headlines. It would be really, really sweet if such operations were conducted under a cloud of darkness... such that gives us a method of public denial while those on the ground (i.e. the bad guys) knew damn well they were facing death at possibly American hands should their efforts continue. But nobody really knew for sure.
We can come to terms with the Taliban, knowing that it wasn't the Taliban who was waging war on our homeland, and possibly come to agreement with them as to our intentions per Al-Quiada (however the way you spell it).
Our war never was with the Taliban in the first place. They became our enemy because we made them that way.
Let us not forget, they were our 'friends' at one time. They can be again.