"The security situation in Afghanistan remains tenuous, with instability fueled by a resilient and still confident insurgency, tribal tensions, political challenges, and competition for influence in the future,"- David Petraeus, laying the groundwork for permanent occupation. Henry Kissinger says two things:
Mr Kissinger added that fighting the Taliban until it was reduced to impotence “would take more time than the American political system would permit”.
“On the other hand, if we are willing to pursue the stated [war] objective the public must be prepared for a long struggle. This is a choice that needs to be made explicitly.”
I agree with that. Obama needs to pony up and make the case for permanent occupation of Afghanistan as a ward of the US if he is to continue his current "surge".