Afghanistan - Residents of this onetime Taliban sanctuary see signs that the insurgents have regained momentum in recent weeks, despite early claims of success by U.S. Marines. The longer-than-expected effort to secure Marja is prompting alarm among top American commanders that they will not be able to change the course of the war in the time President Obama has given them.
Firefights between insurgents and security forces occur daily, resulting in more Marine fatalities and casualties over the past month than in the first month of the operation, which began in mid-February.
Bottom line: the US is not winning, and cannot win a military victory here.
We have never had, nor ever will have, enough troops on the ground to win this, probably not even if Obama reinstitutes a draft, (which is something against which I wouldn't bet at this point.)
The US and NATO should declare victory, withdraw, and negotiate with whatever government is left standing for the rights to the oil pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil.
Of course, that would be logical; and logic and US foreign policy have not had any real long-standing relationship for some time now.