While U.S. officials insist they are making progress in reversing the momentum built up by the Taliban insurgency over the last several years, the latest news from Afghanistan suggests the opposite may be closer to the truth.
Even senior military officials are conceding privately that their much-touted new counterinsurgency strategy of "clear, hold and build" in contested areas of the Pashtun southern and eastern parts of the country are not working out as planned despite the "surge" of some 20,000 additional U.S. troops over the past six months.
The US and NATO are seen as occupiers by the Afghan people, and have installed a puppet government so collectively crooked and corrupt that they have to screw their socks on in the morning.
The Afghan people "do not hate us because we are free"; they hate us because we are indiscriminately murdering their sons, daughters, wives, cousins, and friends. They want they country back, and one can hardly blame them for this
The US and NATO invaded, and continues to occupy this country, to achieve two outcomes.
The first was the "pacification" of the country to the degree where oil pipelines could be installed with which to control Eurasian oil.
We are absolutely no closer to achieving that outcome than we were almost 9 years ago when this immoral and illegal war began.
The second outcome, about which one can well say, "mission accomplished", is the control of the lucrative drug trade, which the Taliban had almost completely eradicated under their watch.
So our and NATO'S military, our and their young men and women, are fighting, getting maimed, and dying for oil and drugs.
As late as August of 2001, the Bush Administration was negotiating with the Taliban for the pipeline rights, but considered the cost asked by the Taliban as "too high".
Apparently, they didn't believe that the cost of war, in blood and money, was at all "too high" a price for the citizens of this country to pay.
And this is where the situation stands today.
An intelligent, enlightened US government leadership would understand that even if President Incompetent were to invoke a draft, it would be too little, too late to stem the tide here.
However, Obama has made a colossal blunder in embracing this war as his own, somehow having bought in to the "magical thinking" of the Pentagon that this war could possibly be won, in a military context.
One would hope that the US military had absorbed the lessons of Viet Nam by now, but tragically, this hasn't happened.
We need to leave, declare victory, and negotiate with whatever government is left standing regarding the rights to the oil pipelines.
But of course, that... would be logical.