We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Petraeus seems to think we can win and he knows a whole lot more about the situation there than I do.
It would be nice if we could be directed to some objective, empirical evidence that makes the case that progress has been made in the last 8 years. Opinions and estimates do not qualify as empirical evidence in my view.
During WWII, it was easy to see the progress of the war because one could see the battle lines on the map changing. The results in A-stan thus far have been far less tangible.