President Obama has just signed the order to send 17,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan. But Defense Secretary Robert Gates and other top Pentagon leaders have said in recent weeks that the United States needs to lower its expectations about how much can be achieved there in light of Afghanistan's history and the record of the Soviet intervention. What should be U.S. strategy to "win" in Afghanistan, and what in your view is a "win" there? Is there really any reason to believe that America's endeavor will prove an exception to the rule that Afghanistan is the "graveyard of empires?"
-- James Kitfield, NationalJournal.com