Michael Yon, as ever, was prescient on this. You can find his amazing blog here.
It's amazing how informed you can be when you side-step the mainstream media's sound-bite- and agenda-driven headlines. Yon has one of those blogs that helps you see what's really going on, because he's there on the ground and has been for years.
It's quite apparent that we need a 'surge' in Afghanistan. I'm sure we can win there, but currently we're losing ground.
There's an interesting interview with a general on Yon's site that says we don't need a surge, but we need to win the hearts and minds of the people in the countryside.
I think kicking out the Taliban permanently would help with that.