As I read the editorial from Gene Healy on Obama's war, I can't help but recall a certain letter from a recon marine floating around, in which he described the populace as essentially "cavemen with AK-47s" for whom improving the quality of life is a hopeless concept.http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif
Which begs the question, what exactly is our mission over in Afghanistan again?
Supposedly, a painful and expensive “long war” of nation-building may yet be touted as ultimately successful a generation from now in Iraq. Afghanistan it seems, will require far more than a single generation. Given the crippling levels of underdevelopment and fractured tribal cultures hostile to civility, perhaps we need to reevaluate our terms of "victory" in Afghanistan.
EDIT: Though it wasn't published on paper, it seems my point makes an honorable mention on the Washington Examiner.