Karzai's adviser seems to have demonstrated a magnificent grasp of the obvious.
Outgoing ISAF commander McNeil made the statement this June that we would need 400,000 troops to secure Afghanistan.
Currently, we have about 47,000 troops here.
You do the math.
The US and NATO have a couple of choices, but only one logical one.
We can continue bombing the heck out of the country from the air, guaranteeing to kill more civilians and radicalize those left standing against the Karzai government.
OR...we could encourage real dialogue between the government and the Taliban so that there was a real inclusion of the Taliban into the political process.
Of course, that would be logical.
And this administration and logic have never had an on-going relationship.