Can we have our blood and treasure back?
Today's under-reported story: Hamid Karzai's vote tally is so ridiculously high that a UN official told the Guardian that it would have to be "massaged down" for the sake of appearances.
Of course, the hawks will say that just proves we need to stay in Afghanistan forever because the Taliban scared the real voters away.
How many rationales have we burned through already?
Spreading democracy is passe. Osama bin Laden may well be dead. The public has figured out that the optimists think counterinsurgency will take 15 years and billions of dollars. (We don't have a control group so it's hard to say how quickly the violence would subside if we weren't there.)
Now we're in Afghanistan to stabilize Pakistan by bombarding it with killer drones, or something.