Mr. Morrell, the outgoing NATO US commander has stated, in very blunt English, that to do the job in Afghanistan, we'd need 400,000 troops on the ground.
How many does the US and NATO have on the ground in Afghanistan? Approximately 47,000.
You do the math, sir.
The fact that bombing raids have been escalating translates into the reality that the US and NATO forces are not in control at all on the ground here.
And bombing raids can do two things very nicely. They can kill a bunch of non-combatants (women, children, the medically fragile, and the elderly), and work to radicalize those Afghanis left standing even further away from the Karzai government.
If that outcome is what you define as "success" in Afghanistan, we've done one hell of a job!