Sending an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan is a good idea, if we are realistic and understand that we cannot accomplish our goal of creating a stable government within 18 months.
Our enemy has been trying to kill or enslave all those that do not subscribe to their religious views since the sixth century and is not likely to stop fighting within 18 months.
Afghanistan is vital to our national self-interest, as it provides us with a base overlooking the trouble-spots of Pakistan and Iran.
The national government in Kabul has not historically governed effectively for but a few miles beyond the city limits. The only exception to this rule I am aware of was under the ruthless women-hating Taliban regime. This will require us to stay indefinitely.
We shouldn’t be naïve enough to think this nation will be a Western-style democracy any time soon.
We are there to kill and capture our enemies and prevent them from controlling any territory in which to launch suicide attacks against the West. This is the best we can hope for.