It was winnable. In a matter of a month the Taliban were ousted and running for their lives. We went there to liberate the people from tyrannical leaders and then replaced them with... tyrannical leaders.
In that first year we watched as women were granted rights and access they hadn't seen. Then right before the recent election Karzai and their governing body passed a law allowing men:
To deny wives food and sustenance if they refuse to obey their husbands' sexual demands, despite international outrage over an earlier version of the legislation which President Hamid Karzai had promised to review.
The new final draft of the legislation also grants guardianship of children exclusively to their fathers and grandfathers, and requires women to get permission from their husbands to work.
"It also effectively allows a rapist to avoid prosecution by paying 'blood money' to a girl who was injured when he raped her," the US charity Human Rights Watch said.
So right now there have about 1500 coalition troop deaths and 4500 total maimed and injured. No sure what the civilian count is up to now. So in the end I think we'll just end up paying off warlords who agree not to harbor AQ.
If Obama had any balls at all he would told Karzai that unless that law is rescinded immediately, the entire US military and all support is withdrawn.
So many mistakes...