Originally Posted by BigRedChief
We just can't "win" there. And why do we care to "win" there? We should be focused on Al-Quaeda, thats our enemy. They are in a lot more places than Afghanistan. Putting American lives on the line to nation build in Afghanistan won't stop Al-Quaeda or even impedede its progress in ratio to what it will cost us monetarily and more importantly in brave men and women dying.
Our enemy is any islamist radical that would attack us or our interests. Our goal is to prevent future attacks.
Successfully building up Afghanistan would certainly impede Al Qaeda's progress. The operative question is whether or not we can be successful, not whether or not success would be beneficial. The cost in money is negligible compared to the expenditures you've been willing to support from this administration. As high as the cost is in men and women, it's not even close to the lives we lost in WW I and II and many of the other wars in our history.