American Strategy in Afghanistan Flunks Sun Tzu by Gian Gentile, Jerusalem Post opinion piece. "Proof of counterinsurgency’s failures is the current state of affairs in Iraq and Afghanistan."
…leads to the last causative factor in American history that has helped shape the current impulse to “change an entire society” in Afghanistan. After World War II, throughout the Cold War and persisting through the 9/11 era is the rock solid assumption that whatever America does in the world is, by rule, morally righteous. This hardened assumption of moral righteousness has combined with another rock solid assumption: that American war of whatever kind works in foreign lands, that if the United States just gets the tactics of war correct and puts the right general in charge then anything can be accomplished with military force.