Afghanistan will always be Afghanistan. But it can damn well be better than it is right now. Al-Queda and other such religious crime organizations can only thrive in nations like the former Afghanistan. Not addressing them and not holding their hands past what outsiders assume is all they are capable of, is criminal to our own security.
Remember how quick the pundits of Iraq were so willing to cater to short sighted current events as definition for ultimate failure? How every IED was a disaster? How the great civil war was going to erupt the Middle East? All of this was near sighted, ignorant, and smacked of racism for an entire civilization. Even as they refuse to offer credit for the current events towards the greatest social and dramatic change in the region with Iraq's efforts to create democracy, they are starting to voice the same ignorant doomsday crap with Afghanistan.