The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Thursday that major parts of the military operation to secure Kandahar, the birthplace of the Taliban movement, would be pushed back because it was taking longer than expected to win local support.
Translation: the Afghanis don't want the US/NATO troops there, period, end of discussion.
They do not hate us "because we are free"; they hate us because we have installed a completely corrupt puppet government in place which has absolutely no consideration for the Afghan people, and are consistently and indiscriminately killing their brothers, sisters, kids, moms, and friends.
This can only lead to further radicalization, and further destabilization of the country. If that is the outcome that the US and NATO want, one has to say, "mission accomplished!"