as long as afghans fuck like rabbits the war is pretty much a dead end. it's like the war of attrition by nasser. i have no idea how to deal with the afghan youth bulge. carpet-bomb the country with anti-baby-pills maybe? sterilise afghan women?
if soviet russia can't cope with it, the western world won't be able to either. afghans just multiply...and multiply...and multiply...
pd, what time frame do you think we're talking about here? when do you expect the troops to leave afghanistan?
and do you think america will be on its own there some time soon?
Withdrawal will be contingent upon the conditions on the ground, and given that I haven't the ability to foresee the future, I would rather not prognosticate. Although it should be made clear that nation building is not the objective, therefore variables such as a 10% literacy rate, average age of 17 years, and life expectancy of 44 years while significant, do not undermine the goal to purge from the region Taliban influence and rule.
What's more, in order for Afghan forces to be trained and the region itself stabilized, reinforcements from our allies are imperative. Stabilization, not democratization is the objective.
Indeed, so long as the region is no longer being used by the Taliban to recruit and train terrorists, Afghans are free to live under Sharia law or any other such anachronistic system of law preferred by a centralized government.