phobicsquirrel:Well I assume we are still there are to save face. Rumor is we can keep the govt stable but I have a hard time believing it. I can understand the need to want to at least try and keep a stable govt in place but Afghanistan is such a complicated matter that it's only a matter of time until it goes back to what it was before we got there except we spent so much money and so many lives. Though we will never leave the middle east as it is a strategic advantage I think we will never see it stable. I may be wrong but the only way the middle east has been able to be controlled has been through dictators. Saddam did a great job at it, then we blew that all up and it's worse now then when we went in but with a kick ass embassy.