So what determines victory in Afghanistan? If you asked me after 9-11, my answer would have been simple and probably shared by a lot of SOF operators.

Answer=Disrupt a prolific terrorist training network (that we put in place) and capture or kill Bin Laden.

We could learn a bit from the Romans, they would not  interfere with a culture’s ideological and moral differences when playing nation builder. That’s one of the things the Romans did best, leave well enough alone and let the host nation run their own society and culture. How can you unlearn centuries of culture in a decade?

JSOC and War