I covered most of those points in my other post..However, I do know a hell of a lot about the region's history, so that certainly does not apply to me. Fighting back is not the issue..it is fighting when we do not know WHO TO AIM AT that is the major issue here. I look at it this way..perhaps we are dealing with a semantic issue here, and not a total difference in idealogy. We need to combat terrorism.
I think I really need to raise an eyebrow at afghanistan being on the way towards a mend..well..I suppose you can say that, rather like you can say that a newborn baby is on the way towards his eventual death. I cant say that I think there is much hope of much progress in afghanistan. Not because we are incapable, but as I stated before, I DO know the history of that part of the world. I cant see us ending several hundred years of infighting, and aside from the fact that we really need to stop that opium, I can't say we should even try.