Read these on how Iran is a natural ally of the United States — as is Turkey — just as soon as the theocratic regime falls. We just have to wait them out, since our two nations’ strategic interests coincide and the Iranians are the most democracy-loving people in the middle east. The problem, of course, is will they develop nuke capability before that happens?
Also, here’s some sobering perspective on, “why the Taliban is winning in Afghanistan.” And, What is our end game in Afghanistan? And this, from the well-respected Fed Kaplan (counterinsugency only works when the host government is competent and minimally corrupt and viewed as legitimate. Karzai neither and never will be and no viable alternatives.).