Intelligence Squared U.S. brings together the world's leading authorities for an exciting battle of ideas, wit and persuasion in a series of provocative and timely debates. Think twice as opposing panels challenge your convictions on some of the most critical issues our nation faces today. Best of all, your vote decides who has carried the day. Motion: Afghanistan is a Lost Cause. Has the surge in Afghanistan failed, and is it time for the U.S. to admit defeat and start pulling our troops out? Nine years in, what have we accomplished in Afghanistan? Upon taking office in 2009, President Obama ordered an additional 17,000 troops in February and another 30,000 at year's end in the hopes of staunching a rapidly deteriorating situation. Has the surge failed, or does it need time to take its course? Critics of the war are advocating everything from withdrawing our troops and concentrating on covert forces, to saving the north and abandoning the south to the Taliban. Only one thing is certain--there are no good options, but can the U.S. afford to abandon Afghanistan?