Is the most polite way I can put it. Afghanistan was one of the poorest countries on earth and then it went through decades of wars. We can't even dream of establishing a functioning, stable government that controls most of the country. Whatever time frame you stipulate, it's a fantasy.
It is incredible that we're even considering a long-term commitment there. We went from topple the Taliban and kill bin Laden to cancerous neglect to decades of soldiers and money. What happened? Did I miss something?
Actually, at this time, we really don't have any strategy in Afghanistan. But by the end of the month, Obama will get a report from the latest General on the ground. And it won't tell him to bring everybody home. The only question is how the report will dance around the number of deployments and the amount of money that will be required to do whatever it is that it says we're doing.
All decorum aside, this is a clusterf*ck.
UPDATE: The day after I posted this, the Wall Street Journal had a story based on an interview with said General Stanley McChrystal: Taliban Now Winning, August 10, 2009. The interview was called "a preview of the strategic assessment he is to deliver to Washington later this month," which means it was a strategic communications PR ploy. The article ends with a classic quote from the General, "It's the critical and decisive moment." Yeah, right. Like all those others that you saw while serving in Iraq.