What makes it so ironic is that it is the Afghan culture that actually represents the antithesis of progress. All he knows is what he is against,however, and so he must support this backwardness in order to be against something else. It is downright Orwellian in its dogmatic ignorance and inversion of reality.
"you're better off on Stormfront discussing how evil brown men are taking innocent white flowers." Infinite Chaos
Instead of mindlessly pointing at the history of Afghanistan to assert that victory there is impossible, we should analyze the context and strategies of those previous wars to see what conditions led to defeat, as well as those of the present day. And we should alter our policy first and foremost by deeply reconsidering the status of our relationship with Pakistan.
Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats. It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office. H.L Mencken
But other than that, what is your point?