"Pacify???" Isn't Afghanistan even MORE fragmented and a completely different area than Iraq?
How is anyone supposed to fight tribes that have resisted the efforts of numerous invaders to subjugate them, even those with the latest and most sophisticated machinery?
There is absolutely no way to get 600,000 troops committed there, but why would they anyhow? That's like trying to dictate how western style democracies should exist and thrive throughout Afghanistan. Absolutely not.
This is madness.