"The press is the hired agent of a moneyed system, set up for no other reason than to tell us lies where their interests are concerned." — Henry Adams
I think before one engages on Afghanistan, one should ask the person if they are a Truther. Debating with a Truther about Afghanistan is ridiculous.
The shiite Govt. has closer ties with Tehran than Washington which is not surprising since most of them are Iraqi exiles who grew up in Iran. They don't have Alqeada because they left when our troops did. No more targets. I irony of the Iraqi blunder is not that it was a hopeless quagmire (like Vietnam) but we were actually helping our only REAL enemy in the region, by defeating Iran's mortal enemy. It was like poking a stick into the hornets nest...and then hanging around while the swarm stings you silly.