I certainly hope that Afghanistan is NOT the future of Iraq. Karzai's power extends to about the borders of Kabul. Most of the country is back under the control of warlords, and the Taliban are getting back in business. Women's right are better, in Kabul, but in much of the country, it hasn't changed for them.
We had a great opportunity to help Afghanistan get back on its feet, and make progress, and really work towards controlling terrorism, but instead, Dubya moved on to bigger and better conquests. Afghanistan has no oil, so what's the point?
Perhaps maybe Dubya should consider the history of Afghanistan. Things really fell apart there when they were invaded by a foreign army, the Russians. There was relentless stiff resistance to the Russian occupation, and they finally got out of there. That invasion led to complete turmoil in the aftermath, with the rise of the Taliban. And up until 9/11, the Bush administration was complimenting the Taliban for getting rid of the poppy crop!
Now let's look at Iraq. They too, were invaded by a foreign army, and now there is strong resistance to the invaders and occupiers. A breakdown of law and order, ethnic squabbles, and so on. Do we see a repeat of history going on here?
I really feel sorry for Bush because he is just so stupid and pathetic, but then again, this situation is so dire--and all because of one man's arrogance and ignorance.