Comments on: Where the Afghanistan effort broke down Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 By: FDBerry Mon, 26 Sep 2011 15:50:12 +0000 Three quick points:

(1) You may have set the bar too high in defining success. Progress made counts for something, even if the historical deficit of millennia cannot be entirely paid.

(2) Too much of these analyses seem to me to have a political subtext, carefully distinguishing the Bush intervention from the Obama. But when the state in question is the worst kind, an entrenched totalitarian type, won’t the military footprint of necessity be larger? Otherwise, Bad becomes Good.

(3) Was the Civil War a successful intervention? Certainly not in the short term. In the long term, probably yes.