We, of course, have been peddling this crackpot nonsense for years in south-west Asia. First of all, back in 2001, we won the war in Afghanistan by overthrowing the Taliban. Then we marched off to win the war in Iraq. Now – with at least one suicide bombing a day and the nation carved up into mutually antagonistic sectarian enclaves – we have won the war in Iraq and are heading back to re-win the war in Afghanistan where the Taliban, so thoroughly trounced by our chaps seven years ago, have proved their moral and political bankruptcy by recapturing half the country.
The reason some folks in Washington really believe that the US can win in Afghanistan can be summed up like this: extreme magical thinking, combined with a catastrophic ignorance of the history, or culture, of the region.
By the time we have deployed the next round of troops to Afghanistan, we will still be hundreds of thousands of soldiers short of the 400,000 troops the US's own military protocol indicates we needed to ever handle this occupation successfully.
Add in the factors that the US-installed Karzai puppet government is so collectively crooked they have to screw their socks on in the morning, coupled with the continuing air raids which guarantee the killing of many civilians, radicalizing those left standing even further away from the government, and what to you have?
A recipe for the absolute failure of this military campaign.
The only "winners" here are the military contractors, period, end of discussion.