Haven't read the whole thread, but I just wanted to comment that it's just amazing what the people of a nation can do when they decide self determination is worth fighting for.
And...they have 500 SAS "observers" coordinating with hundreds of armed US flying robots. But mostly, you know, it's their WILL.
Lol! I'm honestly making quite an effort to not rile up debate on this one. I'm glad that things appear to have worked out. I still think that we could have handled it better. The initial decision to cheerlead from the sidelines was a massive mistake. It's was good that Obama finally did the right thing, even if for political reasons he had to go about it in as surreptitious a manner as possible.
And now that we're done not fighting a war, I'm sure the next phase of "not nation building" will begin. It will include tens of billions of dollars strictly for helping the orphans of the war or something. Because we will definitely not be interfering with their own purely internal and non-manipulated process of building a government, no matter how much they ask us to!